ou

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Hawaiian ʻōʻū

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ou ‎(plural ous)

  1. A probably extinct species of Hawaiian honeycreeper, Psittirostra psittacea.
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Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Afrikaans ou, probably from Dutch ouwe ‎(old man)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ou ‎(plural ous or ouens)

  1. (South Africa) A fellow, guy, bloke.

Afrikaans[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from ouwe, from Dutch oude

Noun[edit]

ou ‎(plural ouens or ous)

  1. A old fellow, guy, bloke.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Dutch ouwe.

Adjective[edit]

ou

  1. attributive form of oud

Aneme Wake[edit]

Noun[edit]

ou

  1. cloud

Aromanian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin ovum. Compare Daco-Romanian ou.

Noun[edit]

ou n ‎(plural oauã)

  1. egg

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From a Vulgar Latin *ovō, from ovum.

Verb[edit]

ou ‎(past participle uoatã)

  1. Alternative form of oauã I lay an egg (like a hen).

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ōvum.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ou m ‎(plural ous)

  1. egg

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin aut.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

ou

  1. or
  2. either
    Ou il est fou ou il est bête - Either he's mad or he's stupid

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Picoche, Jacqueline; Jean-Claude Rolland (2009), “ou”, in Dictionnaire étymologique du français (in French), Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin aut.

Conjunction[edit]

ou

  1. or

Haitian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from French vous ‎(you)

Pronoun[edit]

ou

  1. you (singular)

Hawaiian[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ou

  1. yours, your Second person singular possessive, o-type.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used after negatives, numbers, locative nouns, certain prepositions, and after nouns preceded by an article or a k-determiner.

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Italian[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ou

  1. (usually impolite) Used to get someone's attention; oi, hey.
    Ou, mi stai ascoltando? - Oi, are you listening to me?

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ou

  1. rōmaji reading of おう

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ou

  1. Nonstandard spelling of ōu.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of óu.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of ǒu.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of òu.

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.

Mauritian Creole[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from French vous; compare Haitian Creole ou.

Pronoun[edit]

ou ‎(informal to)

  1. you (second-person singular formal personal pronoun)

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Middle French[edit]

Preposition[edit]

ou

  1. within
    • 15th century, Chronique de Charles VII roi de France par Jean Chartier, Tomé II, edited by Vallet de Viriville. Paris: P. Jannet, 1858, page 18.
      Discord et division ou royaulme de Castile.
      Discord and division within the kingdom of Castile

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin aut.

Conjunction[edit]

ou

  1. (Guernsey) or

Old French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin aut.

Conjunction[edit]

ou

  1. or

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin ubi.

Adverb[edit]

ou

  1. where
    • 11th century, La Vie de Saint Alexis, BNF manuscript 19525
      Dona as povres ou qu'il les pout trouver
      He gave to the poor wherever he could find them

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese ou, from Latin aut.

Pronunciation[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

ou

  1. or (connects at least two alternative words, phrases, clauses, sentences, etc. each of which could make a passage true)
    Escolhe a opção um ou a opção dois.
    Choose option one or option two.
  2. or (connects two equivalent names)
    Mianmar, ou Birmânia, fica na Ásia.
    Myanmar, or Burma, is located in Asia.

Quotations[edit]

For usage examples of this term, see Citations:ou.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (connects equivalent names): também

Conjunction[edit]

ou … ou

  1. eitheror

Noun[edit]

ou m (plural ous)

  1. (logic) inclusive or (connective which yields true when at least one of the predicates is true)

Quotations[edit]

For usage examples of this term, see Citations:ou.

Derived terms[edit]


Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ōvum, from Proto-Italic *ōwom, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm ‎(egg).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ou n ‎(plural ouă)

  1. egg
  2. (slang, usually plural, referring to the testicles) ball(s)

Declension[edit]

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Sardinian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ovum. Compare Italian uovo.

Noun[edit]

ou

  1. (Campidanese) egg

Saterland Frisian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian of, af, from Proto-Germanic *ab ‎(off, away). More at off.

Preposition[edit]

ou

  1. off; away

Sicilian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ovum ‎(egg).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɔhu/
  • Hyphenation: o‧u

Noun[edit]

ou m (plural ova)

  1. egg

Suena[edit]

Noun[edit]

ou

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Transnewguinea.org, citing McElhanon and Voorhoeve (1970), Smallhorn (2011) and Wilson (1969)

Tongan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *au, from Proto-Oceanic *(i-)au, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *(i-)aku, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *(i-)aku, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *(i-)aku, from Proto-Austronesian *(i-)aku.

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ou

  1. Alternative form of au

Zia[edit]

Noun[edit]

ou

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Transnewguinea.org, citing McElhanon and Voorhoeve (1970), Smallhorn (2011) and Wilson (1969)