lah

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See also: LAH, -lah, and --lah

Translingual[edit]

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lah

  1. (international standards) ISO 639-2 & ISO 639-3 language code for Lahnda.

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /lɑ/
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  • Rhymes:

Etymology 1[edit]

An anglicised spelling of la.

Noun[edit]

lah (plural lahs)

  1. (music) Alternative spelling of la

Etymology 2[edit]

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From Malay lah, Cantonese (laa1) or Hokkien (--la).

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

lah (Manglish, Singlish)

  1. Placed at the end of a phrase or sentence either for emphasis or reassurance.
    Don’t think so much lah!Don’t overanalyse.
    It’s okay lah.It’s all right; don’t worry about it.
    • 1956, Anthony Burgess, Time for a Tiger (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 23:
      "Old Nabby's quite enough during the day-lah."
    • 1978, Leong Choon Cheong, Youth in the Army, Singapore: Federal Publications, OCLC 6144357, page 75:
      Don’t know lah [] this is very hard to say.
    • 1994, C. S. Chong, NS: An Air-Level Story, Singapore: Times Books International, →ISBN, page 58:
      Oh well, it was xiong, but overall OK, lah.
    • 2000 April 2, Tee Hun Ching, The Sunday Times (Singapore), page 14:
      ‘No, lah!’ he says with a wave of his hand. [] ‘No need, lah! People in the industry know me. []
    • 2001 February 23, Susan Long, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”, in The Straits Times (Singapore), page H12:
      His says his attitude then, as it still is, was: ‘Try lah, won’t go wrong one lah.’
    Nehmind, can one lah!Don’t worry too much about it, you'll definitely be able to do it!
  2. Used sarcastically to state the obvious.
    No lah, no lah.It ‘isn't’ (when it in fact is).
  3. Emphasizes that something is obvious or self-evident.
    Of course lah!/Yah lah!/Han nah!Of course, without a single doubt, it is.

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Malay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.
Particularly: “Compare -kah, see discussion at Tea Room: Regarding sinitic origins of -lah.”

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

lah

  1. (informal) Final particle indicating an imperative, reassurance or emphasis.
    Saya ada di sini lah.I'm here.
    Kau ni bodoh betul lah!You are so stupid!
    Diam lah!Shut up!
    Pergi sana lah!Go there!

Descendants[edit]

  • English: lah (or directly from Cantonese )

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse lágr, from Proto-Germanic *lēgaz.

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Adjective[edit]

lāh (plural and weak singular lāhe, comparative lāhere, superlative lāhest)

  1. low

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