pegawai

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Malay pegawai, from Classical Malay pegawai. Equivalent to per- +‎ gawai.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [pəˈɡawai̯]
  • Hyphenation: pê‧ga‧wai

Noun[edit]

pêgawai

  1. employee
  2. (archaic) government officer, official
  3. (archaic, figurative) tool, equipment, apparatus

Usage notes[edit]

The word is part of false friends between Standard Malay and Indonesian due to shared etymology. The Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore usage can be seen in Malay pegawai.

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Malay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

pe- +‎ gawai

Noun[edit]

pegawai (Jawi spelling ڤݢاواي‎, plural pegawai-pegawai, informal 1st possessive pegawaiku, impolite 2nd possessive pegawaimu, 3rd possessive pegawainya)

  1. officer; official

Usage notes[edit]

The word is part of false friends between Standard Malay and Indonesian due to shared etymology. The Indonesian usage can be seen in Indonesian pegawai.

Further reading[edit]