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See also: may, May, mAy, máy, maý, mây, mấy, and mãy



Etymology 1[edit]

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (eyebrows, SV: mi); compare mi (eyelashes).


mày (, 𣭒, 𣮮)

  1. eyebrows
    Synonym: lông mày
Usage notes[edit]
  • Functions as a "singular" noun and a general noun, and currently rarely or cannot be accompanied by cặp (pair) by itself.
    có vết thẹo nhỏ dưới màyhaving a small scar beneath (one of) the eyebrows
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Vietic *miː, from Proto-Mon-Khmer *mi(i)ʔ; cognate with Koho mi (you), Pacoh may (you), Khasi me (you), Mang miː², Central Nicobarese me (you).

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mày (, , 𱚧, 𠋥, 𡮠)

  1. (in the singular, impolite, familiar, disrespectful or hostile) you
Usage notes[edit]
  • The corresponding first-person pronoun is tao.
  • This form of address is considered disrespectful when speaking to an older person.
  • Avoid using this to translate pronouns from certain languages of ethnic minorities (especially those of the Central Highlands) because this has been made into an unfair and inaccurate stereotype for languages that don't make use of extensive kinship terms like Vietnamese.
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