hu

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hu (third-person singular, epicene, nominative case, reflexive huself)

  1. (neologism) they (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular subject pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns he and she.
    • 2002 January 3, McMahon, Bryan T. quoting Sasha Newborn, “A terrible book”, The Ponchatoula Times, page 7:
      Hu is fond of enigmas, of conundrums, of hieroglyphics; exhibiting in hus solutions of each and all a degree of acumen which appears to the ordinary apprehension preternatural.
    • 2003 October 14, Epstein, Mikhail, “"Hu," from "human," as a gender-neutral pronoun”, Usenet:
      When the lecturer arrives, hu will be speaking on the topic of anonymity.
    • 2005, Jake Shivery, “Why Hu would be a nice word to have”, hupronoun.org, accessed on 2011-10-31:
      As previously mentioned, this can be faintly disenchanting, particularly to someone who feels that hu is already well spoken.
    • 2007 November 29, Mikhail Epstein, “hu”, International Society for Universal Dialog:
      It's the vice-president's job to support the president and take hus place when hu is away.
    • 2008 March, Christoph Hitz, “Hu, Me?”[1], Mother Jones, ISSN 0362-8841: 
      Maybe, but if his/herstory's any guide, hu has hu work cut out for hu.
  2. (neologism) them (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular object pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns him and her.
    • 2006, Perry Anderson; Burgess, Glenn, DeLuna, D. N. editor, The Political Imagination in History: Essays Concerning J.G.A. Pocock[2], Owlworks, ISBN 978-1934084021, page 175:
      One of his favorite metaphors for the historian, drawn from the "Preface" to Hegel's Philosophy of Right, likens hu to the owl of Minerva, whose flight at dusk provided the setting for mature reflection on the day that had passed.

Adjective[edit]

hu

  1. (neologism) their (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular possessive adjective, coordinate with his and her.

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Abau[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hu

  1. water

Albanian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *skuna, from *skun-o- (compare Norwegian/Faroese skon ‘snout’), from Proto-Indo-European *skeud-.[1] More at hedh.

Noun[edit]

hu m (indefinite plural hunj, definite singular huri)

  1. wooden post, fencepost
  2. stake, picket
  3. pole, stilt
  4. (colloquial) penis

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Adam Hyllested, “Albanian hundë ‘nose’ and Faroese, SW Norwegian skon ‘snout’”, in Proceedings of the 23rd Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference (Bremen: Hempen, 2012), 73-81.

Danish[edit]

Interjection[edit]

hu

  1. An expression of eeriness, horror or a very strong emotion

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse hugr

Noun[edit]

hu c (singular definite huen, not used in plural form)

  1. inclination, sympathy

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Verb[edit]

hu

  1. Imperative of hue.

Esperanto[edit]

Interjection[edit]

hu

  1. boo!

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German[edit]

Interjection[edit]

hu

  1. an exclamation of feeling cold

Lower Sorbian[edit]

Preposition[edit]

hu

  1. Obsolete spelling of wu.

Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic هو (huwa)

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hu

  1. he

Inflection[edit]


Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

hu

  1. Nonstandard spelling of .
  2. Nonstandard spelling of .
  3. Nonstandard spelling of .
  4. Nonstandard spelling of .

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hwō. Cognate with Old Frisian , Old Saxon (Dutch hoe), Old High German wuo.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

  1. how

Conjunction[edit]

  1. how

Descendants[edit]


Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hwō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

hu

  1. how

Conjunction[edit]

hu

  1. how

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