nhọ

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See also: nho, nhổ, nhỏ, nhớ, and nhơ

Vietnamese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Vietic *m-lɔːʔ.

The adjectival sense originated from the Northern dialects and spread southwards.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nhọ (, )

  1. (dialectal, chiefly Northern Vietnam) soot

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Adjective[edit]

nhọ (, )

  1. (slang) bad; unpleasant
    số nhọbad luck

Usage notes[edit]

  • Similar to the case of lạt-nhạt, in Northern Vietnamese, the form nhọ is used for both senses. In Central and Southern Vietnamese, lọ is used in the noun sense, while nhọ is used in the adjectival sense.
Soot Bad, unlucky
Northern nhọ nhọ
Central-Southern lọ nhọ

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