mo

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /məʊ/
  • (US) enPR: , IPA(key): /moʊ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊ

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English mo, from Old English , from Proto-Germanic *maiz, from a comparative form of Proto-Indo-European *meh₂-. Cognate with Swedish mer, Danish mer; and with Irish , Albanian . See also more, most.

Adverb[edit]

mo (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) to a greater degree
  2. (now dialectal) further, longer

Adjective[edit]

mo (not comparable)

  1. (archaic, dialectal) Greater in amount, quantity, or number (of discrete objects, as opposed to more, which was applied to substances)
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XXII:
      Nether durste eny man from that daye forth axe hym eny moo questions.
    • c. 1380, William Langland, Piers Plowman
      With that ran there a route of ratones at ones,
      And smale mys myd hem, mo then a thousande

Etymology 2[edit]

Abbreviation of month.

Noun[edit]

mo (plural mos)

  1. (abbreviation) month

Etymology 3[edit]

Clipping of moment.

Noun[edit]

mo (uncountable)

  1. (colloquial) moment
    Hang on a mo!

Etymology 4[edit]

Clipping of homo, itself a short form of homosexual.

Noun[edit]

mo (plural mos)

  1. (slang) a homosexual

Etymology 5[edit]

Pronunciation spelling of more. as pronounced in non-rhotic dialects, notably African American Vernacular English. Only coincidentally similar to sense 1 above. Compare fo' (for; four), ho (whore).

Alternative forms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mo (not comparable)

  1. (dialectal, African-American Vernacular) more
    Yo, you got mo chips?

Etymology 6[edit]

Short for moustache.

Noun[edit]

mo (plural mos)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) A moustache

Etymology 7[edit]

Clipping.

Noun[edit]

mo (plural mos)

  1. (prison slang) A molester.
    • 2018, James Kühnel, Carceration State
      The Idaho prison is full of cho-mos (child molesters), mos (molesters), and all types of sexual predators that have engaged in some type of abnormal sexual acts.
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 8[edit]

From mil, by analogy with do and gro.

Numeral[edit]

mo

  1. The cardinal number occurring after el gro el do el (↋↋↋) and before mo one (1001) in a duodecimal system. Written 1000, decimal value 1728.

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Anagrams[edit]


Abinomn[edit]

Noun[edit]

mo

  1. (anatomy) stomach

Adangme[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

mo

  1. you
    I suɔ mo.
    I love you.

Akan[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

mo

  1. ye, you (plural)

Albanian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *mē, from Proto-Indo-European *meh₁ (a prohibitive particle).

Particle[edit]

mo (masculine adjectival i mo, feminine singular e mo, masculine plural mo, feminine plural moa)

  1. don't

Alemannic German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German man, from Old High German man, from Proto-Germanic *mann-. Cognate with German Mann, Dutch man, English man, Icelandic maður, Swedish man, Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌽𐌽𐌰 (manna).

Noun[edit]

mo m (Carcoforo)

  1. man
  2. husband

References[edit]


Amanab[edit]

Noun[edit]

mo

  1. speech, language, word

Angguruk Yali[edit]

Noun[edit]

mo

  1. mountain

References[edit]


Antillean Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French mot (word).

Noun[edit]

mo

  1. word

Bikol Central[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mo

  1. second person singular possessive adjective; your

Dongxiang[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Mongolic *mör (trail, path), compare Mongolian мөр (mör, road, path).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mo

  1. road, path
    nie fade bi zhin mo jiere yawuzhi saozhi wo.
    one time I was walking on the road.

Esperanto[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mo (accusative singular mo-on, plural mo-oj, accusative plural mo-ojn)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter M.

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Haitian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French mot (word).

Noun[edit]

mo

  1. word

Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • m’ (used before vowel sounds)

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish mo, mu, from Proto-Celtic *moy, from Proto-Indo-European *(h₁)moy, clitic oblique case of *éǵh₂.

Pronunciation[edit]

Determiner[edit]

mo (triggers lenition)

  1. my
    mo bhádmy boat
    mo mháthairmy mother
  2. me (direct object pronoun before verbal noun)
    Tá sé ag mo bhualadhHe is hitting me

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • "mo" in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • Entries containing “mo” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “mo” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quiggin, E. C. (1906) A Dialect of Donegal, Cambridge University Press, page 9

Italian[edit]

Adverb[edit]

mo

  1. Alternative spelling of mo'

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

mo

  1. Rōmaji transcription of
  2. Rōmaji transcription of

Kalasha[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit मा (mā́), from Proto-Indo-European *meh₁ (prohibitive particle). Cognate with Hindi मत (mat), Persian مـ(ma-), Albanian mo.

Particle[edit]

mo

  1. do not, don't (prohibitive particle)

Lolopo[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Loloish *C-ma³ (Bradley), from Proto-Sino-Tibetan. Cognate with Burmese -မ (-ma.).

Suffix[edit]

mo

  1. (Yao'an) female
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Loloish *ma¹ (Bradley). Cognate with Sichuan Yi (ma), Naxi meel.

Noun[edit]

mo 

  1. (Yao'an) bamboo

Louisiana Creole French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

mo (first person singular, plural nouzòt, objective , possessive )

  1. I.

Coordinate terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]


Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

mo

  1. Nonstandard spelling of .
  2. Nonstandard spelling of .
  3. Nonstandard spelling of .
  4. Nonstandard spelling of .

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Matlatzinca[edit]

Noun[edit]

mo

  1. foot

References[edit]

  • Roberto Escalante Hernández, Marciano Hernández, Matlatzinca de San Francisco Oxtotilpan, Estado de México (1999)

Mauritian Creole[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French moi (me).

Pronoun[edit]

mo (objective mwa)

  1. I (first-person singular nominative personal pronoun)
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From French mot (word).

Noun[edit]

mo

  1. word

Alternative spelling: mot.


Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mollis.

Adjective[edit]

mo m

  1. (Jersey) soft

Derived terms[edit]


Northern Sami[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Kautokeino) IPA(key): /ˈmoː/

Adverb[edit]

  1. how

Further reading[edit]

  • Koponen, Eino; Ruppel, Klaas; Aapala, Kirsti, editors (2002-2008) Álgu database: Etymological database of the Saami languages[1], Helsinki: Research Institute for the Languages of Finland

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Believed to be from the noun moe.

Adjective[edit]

mo (neuter singular mo or mott, definite singular and plural mo or moe)

  1. close, sultry

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse moðr.

Alternative forms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mo (neuter singular mo, definite singular and plural mo or moe)

  1. tired, weary

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old Norse mór (moor)

Noun[edit]

mo m (definite singular moen, indefinite plural moer, definite plural moene)

  1. moor, heath
  2. (military) drill ground

Etymology 4[edit]

From Old Norse moð.

Noun[edit]

mo n (definite singular moet, indefinite plural mo, definite plural moa or moene)

  1. dust (e.g. sawdust)
  2. chaff (e.g. from hay)

References[edit]


Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse mór (moor), from Proto-Germanic *mōraz.

Noun[edit]

mo m (definite singular moen, indefinite plural moar, definite plural moane)

  1. moor, heath
  2. (military) drill ground

Etymology 2[edit]

Perhaps from the noun moe m.

Adjective[edit]

mo (neuter singular mo or mott, definite singular and plural mo or moe)

  1. close, sultry

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old Norse móðr, from Proto-Germanic *mōdaz.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • mod (alternative spelling)

Adjective[edit]

mo (neuter singular mo, definite singular and plural mo or moe)

  1. tired, weary

Etymology 4[edit]

From Old Norse moð.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (alternative spelling)

Noun[edit]

mo n (definite singular moet, indefinite plural mo, definite plural moa)

  1. dust (e.g. sawdust)
  2. chaff (e.g. from hay)

Etymology 5[edit]

From German, originally moder.

Adverb[edit]

mo

  1. Used as an intensifier about loneliness
    Synonym: mutters

Etymology 6[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb[edit]

mo

  1. imperative of moa and moe

References[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Old Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • mu
  • m’ (used before vowel sounds)

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *moy, from Proto-Indo-European *(h₁)moy, clitic oblique case of *éǵh₂.

Pronunciation[edit]

Determiner[edit]

mo (triggers lenition)

  1. my
    • c. 800, Würzburg Glosses on the Pauline Epistles, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1987, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. I, pp. 499–712, Wb. 10d23
      Mad ar lóg pridcha-sa, .i. ar m’étiuth et mo thoschith, ním·bia fochricc dar hési mo precepte.
      If I preach for pay, that is, for my clothing and my sustenance, I shall not have a reward for my teaching.

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Old Occitan[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

mo m (feminine ma, masculine plural mos)

  1. my (possessive; belong to 'me')

Portuguese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Contraction[edit]

mo

  1. Contraction of me o.

Réunion Creole French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French mot (word).

Noun[edit]

mo

  1. word

Samoan[edit]

Preposition[edit]

mo

  1. for

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish mo. Cognates include Irish mo.

Determiner[edit]

mo (triggers lenition)

  1. my

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References[edit]


Swahili[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

mo

  1. "inside" locative class suffix, "inside" of a definite place indicator
    watu wamo chumbani
    the people are inside the room

Inflection[edit]

See also[edit]

  • po: definite place indicator
  • ko: indefinite place indicator

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

mo c

  1. sandy soil
  2. a sandy field, a moor, a heath

Declension[edit]

Declension of mo 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mo mon moar moarna
Genitive mos mons moars moarnas
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Anagrams[edit]


Tagalog[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mo

  1. second person singular possessive adjective; your

Tuvaluan[edit]

Preposition[edit]

mo

  1. for

Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mo (𥷺, 𧄲)

  1. spathe of the areca tree

Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Reduced form of ddim o (not of, nothing of).

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

mo (causes soft mutation)

  1. (colloquial) negative particle used when immediately preceding the definite article or a definite noun phrase
    Fwytais i mo'r moron.I didn't eat the carrots.
    Wela i mo'r ffilm 'na.I will not see that film.
    Chlywoch chi mo Owain.You didn't hear Owain.
    Leician nhw mo wraig y dyn.They wouldn't like the man's wife.

Usage notes[edit]

Because this form is used only when directly in front of a definite object, it only appears in the (non-periphrastic) preterite, future and conditional tenses.

In front of a pronoun, mo has personal forms the same as the preposition o:

See also[edit]

  • dim, ddim (negative particle used in all other situations)

Mutation[edit]

Does not mutate.


Westrobothnian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse móðr (emotion, anger,) from Proto-Germanic *mōdaz, whence also English mood. Influenced by French mode, from Latin modus. In the sense ’anger’ replaced by sinn. For the sense ’method’ compare me n.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mo n (definite singular mode or moe, plural mo)

  1. (singular only) Spirit, love of life, optimism.
  2. Way of behaving, mood.
    han hadd de mode
    he had that way
  3. Fashion.
  4. Method.

Related terms[edit]


Yao[edit]

Yao cardinal numbers
 <  0 1 2  > 
    Cardinal : mo

Etymology[edit]

Cognates include Swahili moja.

Numeral[edit]

mo

  1. one

Usage notes[edit]

This number follows a noun and takes the noun class characteristic prefix, e.g. libweta limo (one box). See the Yao language article on Wikipedia for details on noun class prefixes.


Yoruba[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • mi (used in a negative sentence, or generally in some dialects)

Pronoun[edit]

mo

  1. I (first-person singular personal pronoun)

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