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 oud.

Adjective[edit]

ou

  1. attributive form of oud

Aneme Wake[edit]

Noun[edit]

ou

  1. cloud

Aromanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ovum. Compare Daco-Romanian ou.

Noun[edit]

ou

  1. egg

Campidanese Sardinian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ovum. Compare Italian uovo.

Noun[edit]

ou

  1. egg

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ōvum.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ou m (plural ous)

  1. egg

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin aut.[1]

Conjunction[edit]

ou

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

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References[edit]

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

Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin aut.

Conjunction[edit]

ou

  1. or

Guernésiais[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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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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Old French[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

ou

  1. or

Adverb[edit]

ou

  1. (interrogative) where

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.

Conjunction[edit]

ou … ou

  1. eitheror

Synonyms[edit]

  • (connects equivalent names): também

Noun[edit]

ou m (plural ous)

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

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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Sicilian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ovum (egg).

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

ou m (plural ova)

  1. egg

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.