lah

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

Translingual[edit]

Symbol[edit]

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). Doublet of la.

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

lah (Manglish, Singlish)

  1. Placed at the end of a sentence to accentuate the mood or attitude of the speaker.
    Don’t do it lah, it’s not worth it.Disapproval
    Hurry up, lah!Impatience
    • 1978, Leong Choon Cheong, Youth in the Army, Singapore: Federal Publications, →OCLC, page 75:
      Don’t know lah [] this is very hard to say.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:lah.
  2. Placed at the end of a sentence to convey reassurance or solidarity.
    You won’t drown one lah. The water is very shallow.
  3. Asserts that something is clear or straightforward.
    Go and ask if they can help you lah!
    They’re not wrong lah...
  4. Used to tone down an imperative sentence.
  5. Reinforces an assertion.
    These shoes are too small lah.
  6. (rarer) Follows each item in a list of examples.
    • 2010, Haresh Sharma, Those Who Can't, Teach, Epigram Books, Act I, scene ii:
      He teach them how to cook lah, learn computer lah... []
  7. (in fixed expressions) Used sarcastically when stating the obvious.
    No lah, no lah.Sarcastic reply

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Lee, Junwen (2022), “An Analysis of Colloquial Singapore English lah and Its Interpretation across Speech Acts”, in Languages, volume 7, issue 3, →DOI, page 203
  • Ler Soon Lay, Vivien (2006), “A relevance-theoretic approach to discourse particles in Singapore English”, in Kerstin Fischer, editor, Approaches to Discourse Particles, →DOI, pages 149–166

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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 (laa1))

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. low

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