nan

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Nan, pet form of the formerly very common female given names Anne and Agnes. As a nursemaid and grandmother, a clipping of earlier nana, from nanny under the probable influence of mama, also from Nan. Compare Mary.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /næn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æn

Noun[edit]

nan (plural nans)

  1. (obsolete) Synonym of maid: a servant girl. [1599]
  2. (slang, obsolete) Synonym of nancy: an effeminate male homosexual. [1670]
  3. (UK, endearing) Synonym of nursemaid. [1940]
  4. (Britain, Ireland, Australia, endearing) Synonym of grandmother. [1955]
    We had my nan over for Christmas dinner.

Etymology 2[edit]

See at naan.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nan (plural nans)

  1. Alternative spelling of naan

Anagrams[edit]


Acehnese[edit]

Noun[edit]

nan

  1. name (word or phrase indicating a particular person, place, class or thing)

References[edit]


Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin nānus, from Ancient Greek νᾶνος (nânos).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

nan (feminine nana, masculine plural nans, feminine plural nanes)

  1. (attributive) dwarf

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

nan m (plural nans, feminine nana)

  1. (mythology) dwarf (a member of a race from folklore)
  2. dwarf (a person of short stature, usually as the result of a genetic condition)
  3. (folklore) in Catalan celebrations, someone who wears a large papier-mâché head

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]


Franco-Provençal[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Savoyard dialect) IPA(key): /ˈnɑ/
  • (Bressan dialect) IPA(key): /ˈnɔ̃/

Interjection[edit]

nan

  1. no

Antonyms[edit]

Adverb[edit]

nan

  1. no

Antonyms[edit]


French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

nan

  1. (informal) nah, nope

Synonyms[edit]

  • non (standard French)

Haitian Creole[edit]

Article[edit]

nan

  1. the (definite article)

Usage notes[edit]

This word is used only when the preceding word is singular and ends with a nasal consonant.

See also[edit]

Preposition[edit]

nan

  1. in
    • 2019 March 19, “Rankont ann Itali ant Anvwaye Espesyal Etazini ak Larisi sou Kriz Venezuela a”, in Lavwadlamerik[1]:
      Anvwaye espesyal Etazini pou Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, ak vis-minis afè etranjè Larisi, Sergei Ryabkov, ap fè reyinyon nan vil Wòm ann Itali pou yo pale sou “sityasyon Venezuela kap agrave.”
      American Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliot Abrams and Russian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Ryabkov are having a meeting in the city of Rome, Italy to speak about "the worsening situation in Venezuela."

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

nan

  1. Rōmaji transcription of なん

Lombard[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Akin to Italian nano, ultimately from Greek νᾶνος.

Noun[edit]

nan

  1. dwarf

Lower Sorbian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nan m (diminutive nancycko)

  1. father

Declension[edit]

Coordinate terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Muka, Arnošt (1921, 1928), “nan”, in Słownik dolnoserbskeje rěcy a jeje narěcow (in German), St. Petersburg, Prague: ОРЯС РАН, ČAVU; Reprinted Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag, 2008
  • Starosta, Manfred (1999), “nan”, in Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch (in German), Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag

Makolkol[edit]

Noun[edit]

nan

  1. mother

Further reading[edit]


Malecite-Passamaquoddy[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Algonquian *nya·θanwi.

Numeral[edit]

nan

  1. five

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

nan (Zhuyin ˙ㄋㄢ)

  1. Nonstandard spelling of nān.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of nán.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of nǎn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of nàn.

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.

Northern Kurdish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Akin to Persian نان(nān), See there for more.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nan m

  1. bread
  2. food
    Synonym: xwarin

Declension[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

nan

  1. to put in, to set, to place
  2. to fuck, to copulate, to have sex with

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ne (not) +‎ ān (one).

Pronunciation[edit]

Determiner[edit]

nān

  1. no; not a, not one, not any
    nān mann
    no one (literally "no person")
    nān þing
    nothing
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, Extracts on Grammar in English
      Þæt word willan næfþ nān bebēodendlīċ, for þon þe sē willa sċeal bēon ǣfre frī.
      The word 'to want' has no imperative, because the will must always be free.

Pronoun[edit]

nān

  1. no one, nobody; none
    Ūre nān ne mæġ tōweardnesse fōrecweðan.
    None of us can predict the future.

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: noon

Old Frisian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Determiner[edit]

nān

  1. Alternative form of nēn

Pronoun[edit]

nān

  1. Alternative form of nēn

References[edit]

  • Bremmer, Rolf H. (2009) An Introduction to Old Frisian: History, Grammar, Reader, Glossary, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, →ISBN

Papiamentu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The third person plural pronoun nan (they) and the overall plural noun suffix -nan are unique for Papiamentu and cannot be found in any other language. According to Clements and Parkvall the pronoun nan and it's derived suffix -nan were introduced into the language just in the 1700s because of the grown need for a plural marking. Apparently before the introduction the need for a plural marking was not felt. Just like in other South American languages the suffix originated in the form "kas-nan" literally "house-they" (ac Lenz).

Compare the Curripaco Arawak suffix -na and the Dutch suffix -en.

Searches are being undertaken to find the African connections with the words "iran", "ene", "na", "nan", "inen" and "ane" in the languages Bini, Kwa, Anabonese, Bantu, Kimbundu, Angolar, Fa d'Ambu, Edo and Saotome in the African countries of Sao Tomé, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria (see Bartens and Schuchardt). All very improbably.

Pronoun[edit]

nan

  1. they, third person plural
  2. their

See also[edit]


Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

nan

  1. if (subjunctive)
    Nan robh mi beartach, b'urrainn dhomh cheannaich taigh-mòr. - If I were rich, I could buy a mansion.
  2. whether (subjunctive)
    Biodh gràdh agam air fhathast nan robh e beartach neo bochd. - I would still love him whether he were rich or poor.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Before words beginning with b, f, m or p, the form nam is used instead.
  • Only used in the conditional tense, otherwise ma is used.
  • The negative form is mura.

Etymology 2[edit]

Univerbation of an (in) +‎ an (their).

Preposition[edit]

nan (+ dative, triggers eclipsis)

  1. in their
    Bha iad nan cadal.They were sleeping. (literally, “They were in their sleep.”)
Inflection[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Article[edit]

nan

  1. inflection of an (the):
    1. genitive plural preceding a consonant (excluding b-, f-, m-, p-)
    2. genitive plural preceding a vowel
Declension[edit]
Variation of nan (definite article)
Masculine Feminine Plural
nom. dat. gen. nom. dat. gen. nom. dat. gen.
+ f- am anL anL na na nam
+ m-, p- or b- am a'L a'L na na nam
+ c- or g- an anL anL na na nan
+ sV-, sl-, sn- or sr- an anT anT na na nan
+ other consonant an an an na na nan
+ vowel anT an an naH naH nan
L Triggers lenition; H Triggers H-prothesis; T Triggers T-prothesis

Upper Sorbian[edit]

Upper Sorbian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia hsb

Noun[edit]

nan m

  1. father

Declension[edit]


Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

According to Ferlus (2009), from *t-rn-aːɲ, with nominalizer -rn- infixed into Proto-Vietic *taːɲ (whence đan (to weave)).

Formationally indentical but independently developed are Khmu [Rook] tʰrnaːɲ ("material used for weaving") (Suwilai, 2002) and Proto-West-Bahnaric *trnaːɲ ("thread"), whence Nyaheun nnaːɲ ("thread").

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(classifier sợi) nan

  1. bamboo tape (for basketwork); bamboo slat (of a paper fan)

Wolof[edit]

Adverb[edit]

nan

  1. (interrogative) how

See also[edit]


Zazaki[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈnɑn]
  • Hyphenation: nan

Etymology[edit]

Akin to Persian نان(nān, bread), see there for more.

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

nan m

  1. bread