nain

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See also: näin, nai'n, and ŋăĭn

Finnish[edit]

Verb[edit]

nain

  1. First-person singular indicative present form of naida.
  2. First-person singular indicative past form of naida.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French nain, from Latin nānus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /nɛ̃/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

nain m (plural nains, feminine naine)

  1. dwarf
  2. gnome (decorative, in a garden)

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Ingrian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finnic *nainen.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nain (genitive naizen, partitive naista)

  1. woman

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Vitalij Chernyavskij (2005) Ižoran keel (Ittseopastaja)[1]

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

nain

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ナイン

Middle French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French nain, from Latin nānus, borrowed from Ancient Greek νᾶνος (nânos), of onomatopoeic origins.

Noun[edit]

nain m (plural nains)

  1. dwarf

Descendants[edit]

  • French: nain

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • naim (Thomas d'Angleterre)

Etymology[edit]

From Latin nānus, borrowed from Ancient Greek νᾶνος (nânos), of onomatopoeic origins.

Noun[edit]

nain m (oblique plural nainz, nominative singular nainz, nominative plural nain)

  1. dwarf (mythical being)
    • circa 1170, Chrétien de Troyes, Érec et Énide:
      "Nains!", fet ele, "leisse m'aler!
      A cel chevalier vuel parler
      "Dwarf!" Said she "let me pass"
      It's to the knight that I wish to talk
  2. midget

Descendants[edit]


Scots[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the prothetic n- +‎ ain, from the wrong division of mine ain as my nain.[1]

Adjective[edit]

nain (comparative mair nain, superlative maist nain)

  1. (Shetland) own
    He was my nain bairn.He was my own child.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

nain

  1. Alternative spelling of nane

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Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English nine.

Numeral[edit]

nain

  1. nine

Usage notes[edit]

Used when counting; see also nainpela.


Votic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finnic *nainen.

Noun[edit]

nain (genitive naizõõ, partitive naissa)

  1. woman

Inflection[edit]

References[edit]

  • "nain" in Vadja keele sõnaraamat

Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nain f (plural neiniau)

  1. (North Wales) grandmother
    Synonym: mam-gu

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
nain unchanged unchanged nhain
Irregular.
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Usage notes[edit]

Some, especially northern, dialects employ a non-standard aspirate mutation of nain to nhain. In practice, this only occurs after the determiner ei (her). See also mam to mham for a similar example.

References[edit]

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present) , “nain”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies