hayır

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Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish خیر(hayır), from Arabic خَيْر(ḵayr, good, well, wellbeing).

In the sense of “no” shortened from Persian نخیر(naxeyr, no), itself from نه(na, no) + the abovementioned Arabic word. Partially replaced yok, although the latter is still more common.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈhɑ̽ˈjɯ̽ɾ̞̊]

Particle[edit]

hayır

  1. no, nope
    Öğretmen misin? — Hayır.
    Are you a teacher? — No.

Interjection[edit]

hayır

  1. no
    Hayır! Yapma!
    No! Don't do it!
    Synonym: yok
    Antonym: evet

Noun[edit]

hayır (definite accusative hayrı, plural hayırlar)

  1. good; prosperity
  2. profit, advantage
  3. charity

Descendants[edit]

  • Ladino: hayre

References[edit]

  • Kélékian, Diran (1911), “خیر”, in Dictionnaire turc-français, Constantinople: Mihran, page 557
  • Nişanyan, Sevan (2002–), “hayır”, in Nişanyan Sözlük
  • Avery, Robert et al., editors (2013) The Redhouse Dictionary Turkish/Ottoman English, 21st edition, Istanbul: Sev Yayıncılık, →ISBN