meia

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meia

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Portuguese meya, from Latin media, feminine of medius (middle; half), from Proto-Indo-European *medʰyo- (between).

Adjective[edit]

meia

  1. Feminine singular of adjective meio.
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Adverb[edit]

meia

  1. (hypercorrect) Misconstruction of meio
    Estou *meia cansada. (cf. "Estou meio cansada.")
    I'm a bit tired.
Usage notes[edit]
  • The word meia, as an adverb, appears in vulgar speech because of a confusion about the role of meio. In this case, whenever meio, as an adverb, lies right before a feminine adjective, it is confused for an adjective as well, hence hypercorrected into the feminine declension meia. In standard speech, however, Portuguese adverbs are never inflected by grammatical gender.

Noun[edit]

meia f (plural meias)

  1. sock (covering for the foot; originally short form of meia-calça)
  2. (Brazil) a ticket sold for half its normal price, as required by law, for students and children (short form of meia-entrada)
  3. (Portugal) obsolete unit of measure for liquids, equivalent to six pints
  4. (when reading a time) half past (short form of meia hora)
    O evento termina às três e meia.
    The event ends at half past three.

meia m, f (plural meias)

  1. (soccer) midfielder
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Numeral[edit]

meia

  1. (Brazil) six (6, used instead of seis when it’s necessary to avoid confusion with rhyme três; short form of meia dúzia)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected form of mear (to half).

Verb[edit]

meia

  1. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present indicative of mear
  2. Second-person singular (tu) affirmative imperative of mear