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See also: nga, NGA, Nga, ngà, and ngả



Etymology 1[edit]

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ngã ()

  1. to fall (due to lack of balance)
    Synonyms: , bổ
    thanh ngã
    the tone as in the word ngã
    ngã gục
    to collapse
    gục ngã
    to fall from grace
    sa ngã
    to descend into depravity or decadence
    ngã ngửa
    to fall with one's back against the ground



  1. (linguistics) Short for thanh ngã.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Mon-Khmer *d₁ngah (crossroads).



  1. (almost always in compounds with an integer greater than 2) an intersection
    ngã baa three-way intersection; a fork
    ngãa crossroads
Usage notes[edit]
  • The number attached is the number of exits, not the number of streets crossed. Therefore a crossroads is called ngã tư because it has four exits.
  • Not to be confused with ngả (way).