kuya

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See also: kũya

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Tagalog kuya

Noun[edit]

kuya (plural kuyas)

  1. (Philippines) An elder brother.[1]
  2. (Philippines) A respectful title or form of address for an older man.[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 kuya, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2015

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Cebuano[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Hokkien (ko-hiaⁿ). Cognates with Tagalog kuya and Kapampangan koya.

Noun[edit]

kuya

  1. an elder brother
  2. a respectful title or form of address for an older man

Etymology 2[edit]

Unknown

Noun[edit]

kuya

  1. an oyster; any member of the family Ostreidae

Mato[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kuya

  1. rain

References[edit]

  • Phonological Descriptions of Papua New Guinea Languages (2005, SIL, edited by Steve Parker), section Mato (Nenaya, Nengaya, Nineia) Language, page 28: kuya [ˈku.jɑ] 'rain'

Ngiyambaa[edit]

Noun[edit]

kuya

  1. fish

Tagalog[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hokkien (ko-hiaⁿ), cognates with Cebuano kuya and Kapampangan koya.

Noun[edit]

kuya (feminine ate)

  1. elder brother; big brother
    Tumutulong si kuya sa aming mga magulang sa mga gawaing bahay.
    Our big brother helps our parents do housework.
  2. (informal) respectful term of address or honorific for a young man or boy or any male older than oneself; mister; bro
    Bumili ako ng sorbetes kay kuya.
    I bought ice cream from the mister.
  3. (informal) male upperclassman; male senior
    Tinanong ko ang kuya sa hayskul, "Kuya, ano po ang mga gawain niyo sa hayskul".
    I asked my senior from high school, "Bro, What activities do you do in high school?"

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