kai

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See also: Kai, käi, και, καί, kāi, kǎi, and kài

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Maori, from Proto-Polynesian *kai, from Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kaən, from Proto-Austronesian *kaən.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kai ‎(uncountable)

  1. (New Zealand, informal) food
    • 1995, Graeme Williams, The soc.culture.new-zealand FAQ
      Actually, I'm not sure I like these new hangis using the foil, it tends to stop the juices getting through to the stones and I reckon the hangi kai is drier to the palate.
    • 2003, "RK", Maori TV (on newsgroup nz.general)
      i.e. they'll spend the first four hours enthusiastic as can be, then get bored, want some kai, go down to the local fish and chip shop & bottle store & spend the rest of the episode telling drunken stories of how they used to steal from the "pakeha that owned the store on the corner" and about days spent down at the social welfare office.
    • 2003, "Carmen", Is there really a censor in NZ?! (on newsgroup nz.general)
      Got to go now and get some kai.

Estonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

kai ‎(genitive kai, partitive kaid)

  1. quay

Declension[edit]


Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Danish kaj, from Old French kay, cail (modern French quai), from Gaulish cagiíum ‎(enclosure), from Proto-Celtic *kagyom ‎(pen, enclosure) (compare Welsh cae ‎(hedge)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kai f (genitive singular kaiar, plural kaiir)

  1. (colloquial) quay

Declension[edit]

Declension of kai
f2 singular plural
indefinite definite indefinite definite
nominative kai kaiin kaiir kaiirnar
accusative kai kaiina kaiir kaiirnar
dative kai kaiini kaium kaiunum
genitive kaiar kaiarinnar kaia kaianna

Synonyms[edit]


Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɑi̯/
  • Rhymes: -ɑi
  • Hyphenation: kai

Adverb[edit]

kai

  1. probably
  2. maybe, perhaps

Anagrams[edit]


Hausa[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

kai

  1. you (2nd person singular pronoun)

Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian (compare Maori tai), from Proto-Oceanic (compare Fijian tai), from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *tasik (compare Chamorro tasi ‎(sea), Indonesian tasik ‎(lake)).

Noun[edit]

kai

  1. sea
    i kai — towards the sea
    makaion the seaside, toward the sea, in the direction of the sea
    o kai — of the lowland, of the sea, seaward
    nā kānaka o kai — shore dwellers
  2. salt water
  3. seaside, area near the sea, lowlands
  4. tide, current in the sea
  5. gravy, sauce, dressing, soup, broth

See also[edit]

Verb[edit]

kai

  1. (stative) to be insipid, brackish, tasteless

Interjection[edit]

kai

  1. my, how much!; how very! how terrific!
    kai ka nani! — how beautiful!
    kai ke kolohe! — oh, how mischievous!

See also[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

kai

  1. rōmaji reading of かい

Karajá[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

kai

  1. you, second-person singular pronoun

Usage notes[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Michael Dunn, Gender determined dialect variation, in The Expression of Gender (edited by Greville G. Corbett)
  • David Lee Fortune, Gramática Karajá: um Estudo Preliminar em Forma Transformacional

Lithuanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Balto-Slavic *koi; compare Old Prussian kāi ‎(when), Latvian kâ(i) ‎(when), Old Church Slavonic цѣ ‎(, and also, besides), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷoi; compare Ancient Greek ποῖ ‎(poî, whereto). Perhaps ultimately the locative of Proto-Indo-European *kʷos, kʷis ‎(question particle); see kas ‎(what). Also, compare with tai ‎(that).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (conjunction): IPA(key): /kɐɪˑ/
  • (particle): IPA(key): /kɐɪ/

Conjunction[edit]

kaĩ

  1. (in relative clauses) when, while, as

Particle[edit]

kai (unstressed)

  1. (in conjunction with interrogative words) some, a certain (suggesting the complement is a known entity, but withheld)
    kai kàs - (a certain) something
    Àš táu kai ką̃ turiù - I have something for you.
    kai kadà - sometimes, in some cases

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2015) Etymological Dictionary of the Baltic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 13), Leiden, Boston: Brill, ISBN 978 90 04 27898 1, page 217

Lojban[edit]

Cmavo[edit]

kai

  1. (sumti tcita: x1-sumti modal of ckaji) characterizing

Rafsi[edit]

kai

  1. rafsi of ckaji.

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

kai

  1. Nonstandard spelling of kāi.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of kǎi.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of kài.

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.

Maori[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *kai, from Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kaən, from Proto-Austronesian *kaən.

Verb[edit]

kai ‎(passive form kainga)

  1. to eat (consume)

Noun[edit]

kai

  1. food

Related terms[edit]


North Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian kēi. Cognates include West Frisian kaai.

Noun[edit]

kai m ‎(plural kaier)

  1. (Föhr-Amrum) key

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Bokmål Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia nb

Etymology[edit]

From Old French kay, cail (modern French quai), from Gaulish cagiíum ‎(enclosure), from Proto-Celtic *kagyom ‎(pen, enclosure) (compare Welsh cae ‎(hedge)).

Noun[edit]

kai m, f ‎(definite singular kaia or kaien, indefinite plural kaier, definite plural kaiene)

  1. quay, wharf, dock

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

From Old French kay, cail (modern French quai), from Gaulish cagiíum ‎(enclosure), from Proto-Celtic *kagyom ‎(pen, enclosure) (compare Welsh cae ‎(hedge)).

Noun[edit]

kai f, m ‎(definite singular kaia or kaien, indefinite plural kaier or kaiar, definite plural kaiene or kaiane)

  1. quay, wharf, dock

Rapa Nui[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *kai, from Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kaən, from Proto-Austronesian *kaən.

Verb[edit]

kai

  1. to eat (consume)

Noun[edit]

kai

  1. food

Derived terms[edit]

Adverb[edit]

kai

  1. not

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kaən, from Proto-Austronesian *kaən.

Verb[edit]

kai

  1. (transitive) to eat (consume)

Noun[edit]

kai

  1. food

See also[edit]


Tongan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *kai, from Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kaən, from Proto-Austronesian *kaən.

Noun[edit]

kai

  1. food

Verb[edit]

kai

  1. To eat

Tuvaluan[edit]

Adverb[edit]

kai

  1. ever