sao

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

sao (plural saos)

  1. Any marine annelid of the genus Hyalinæcia, especially H. tubicola of Europe, which inhabits a transparent movable tube resembling a quill in color and texture.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for sao in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

sao

  1. Rōmaji transcription of さお

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

sao

  1. Nonstandard spelling of sāo.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of sǎo.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of sào.

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.

Tagalog[edit]

Noun[edit]

saó

  1. (nautical) mooring cable or chains; cable for mooring ships to the pier when at anchor

Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Vietnamese ſao.

Adverb[edit]

sao (, , 𡫡)

  1. why
    Sao nó bảo không đến?Why did he say he wouldn’t come?
Derived terms[edit]
See also[edit]
Vietnamese demonstratives
Laurence Thompson (1965), Vietnamese Grammar
Unspecified Close to the
speaker or
newly introduced
Remote,
already identified
PLACE
đ- (first register)
đâu
‘wherever’
đây
‘here’
đấy
‘there’
REFERENCE
n- (second register)
nào
‘whichever’
này
‘this’
nọ
‘that’
PROPORTION
b- (first register)
bao
‘to whatever extent’
bây
‘to this extent’
bấy
‘to that extent’
MANNER
s- (first register)
v- (second register)
sao
‘however’
vầy
‘this way’
vậy
‘that way’
Nguyễn Phú Phong (1992), “Vietnamese Demonstratives Revisited”
D
(Indefinite)
D1
(Proximal)
D2
(Medial)
D3
(Distal)
+NOM(inal) đâu
place-what
đây
place-this
đấy
place-that1
±NOM(inal) đó
(place-)that1
kia
(place-)that2
–NOM(inal) nào
what
nầy
this
nấy/ấy
that1
nọ
that2

Adjective[edit]

sao

  1. problematic, bad
    sao lắm không?Is it very bad?
    Không sao đâu.No problem.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Vietnamese ſao, from Proto-Vietic *k-raːw. Cognate with Muong khao.

It is a semantic loan from English star, in the senses of “celebrity; actor”.

Noun[edit]

(classifier , ngôi) sao (𣋀, 𣇟, 𤚧)

  1. star (luminous celestial body)
  2. asterisk

Noun[edit]

(classifier ngôi) sao (𣋀, 𣇟, 𤚧)

  1. star (celebrity)
  2. star (actor)
Derived terms[edit]
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