hwy

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See also: hŵy and hwy.

Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a presumed earlier *hwīe, from West Germanic *hwiu, from Proto-Germanic *hwī (with what), to which the more common instrumental ending * had been added. Cognate with Old High German hwiu (instrumental case of hwaz).

Adverb[edit]

hwȳ

  1. why

Pronoun[edit]

hwȳ

  1. instrumental singular of hwā
  2. instrumental singular of hwæt

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Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (North Wales) IPA(key): /huːɨ̯/
  • (South Wales) IPA(key): /hʊi̯/

Pronoun[edit]

hwy

  1. they; them.

Usage notes[edit]

Hwy is Literary Welsh. Colloquial Welsh uses nhw instead.

Adjective[edit]

hwy

  1. comparative degree of hir: longer

Noun[edit]

hwy

  1. h-prothesized form of wy

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
wy unchanged unchanged hwy
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.