kuya

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Tagalog kuya

Noun[edit]

kuya

  1. (Philippine English) An elder brother.[1]
  2. (Philippine English) Used as a respectful title or form of address for an older man.[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 kuya, n.” in OED Online, Oxford University Press, June 2015.

Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Tagalog kuya.

Noun[edit]

kuya

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

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]

Cognate with Cebuano kuya.

Noun[edit]

kuya

  1. a big brother: any elder brother, especially the eldest
    Tumutulong si kuya sa aming mga magulang sa mga gawaing bahay.
    Our big brother helps our parents do housework.
  2. (informal) any male who is deserving respect or reverence because of his age
    Bumili ako ng sorbetes kay kuya. — I bought ice cream from the ice cream vendor.
  3. (informal) any male who belongs to a higher education level than someone else, a senior
    Tinanong ko ang kuya sa hayskul, "Kuya, ano po ang mga gawain niyo sa hayskul". — I asked my senior from high school, "What activities do you do in high school?"

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