laai

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Dutch laden with the chiefly southern Dutch dialectal development -ade--aaie-.

Verb[edit]

laai ‎(present laai, present participle laaiende, past participle gelaai)

  1. to load

Etymology 2[edit]

From Dutch lade with the same development as above. The predominant form in contemporary Dutch is la (with another, chiefly northern Dutch, type of contraction).

Noun[edit]

laai ‎(plural laaie, diminutive laaitjie)

  1. drawer (box)

Etymology 3[edit]

From Dutch laai.

Noun[edit]

laai ‎(plural laaie, diminutive laaitjie)

  1. flame

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch laeye. Further origin unsettled. It could be from an unattested Old Frisian, from Proto-Germanic *laugijaz, and thus a cognate of Old English līeġ, Old High German loug and Old Norse leygr. Compare also German Lohe ‎(flame), an ablaut variant of the latter two.

Noun[edit]

laai f ‎(plural laaien, diminutive laaitje n)

  1. flame
  2. glow

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Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

laai

  1. first-person singular present indicative of laaien
  2. imperative of laaien