nội

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Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from (inside). A woman once married is considered belonging to a different family, hence the "inside" father's side and "outside" mother's side.

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

nội

  1. emphasizing the mere something
    Nội việc rửa bát mày còn làm chẳng được!
    You can't even wash the mere dishes properly!

Adjective[edit]

nội

  1. belonging to the father's side of the family
    bên nộithe paternal side (of the family)
    cháu nộia paternal grandchild
    quê nộifather's birthplace (and/or where his ancestors have lived for generations)
    • 2005, Nguyễn Ngọc Tư, “Nhớ sông”, in Cánh đồng bất tận, Nhà xuất bản Trẻ:
      Ba sẽ bán chiếc ghe nầy, về quê nội mua một miếng đất, rồi ba với con Thuỷ cuốc đất trồng rau, có gì ăn nấy.
      I will sell this junk, return to the village of my (paternal) ancestors to buy a plot of land, and Thuỷ and I will hoe that land to grow vegetables and live from whatever we can grow.

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

nội

  1. (Southern Vietnam, colloquial) a paternal grandparent
    Nội ơi! Để con nhổ tóc bạc cho nội nha!
    (Paternal) Grandpa/Grandma! Let me pull out your gray hair!
  2. (historical) court; imperial palace

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