quê

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From que (what)

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

quê

  1. (sentence-final) what (which thing)
    Pensas no quê?
    You are thinking about what?
    Quê?
    What?
Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

quê m (plural quês)

  1. a characteristic (distinguishable feature of a person or thing)

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

quê m (plural quês)

  1. cue (name of the letter Q, q)

Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Vietic *k-veːr (village); cognate with Muong quêl (village) and Chut [Rục] kəveːl¹. Compare also Proto-Katuic *wiil ~ *weel (whence Pacoh veil).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

quê (, 𬫀)

  1. countryside; the country, rural area
  2. a birthplace
  3. a hometown
    Tết này có về quê hông?
    Will you go back to your hometown this New Year?
  4. one's parent's birthplace

Usage notes[edit]

  • When making an ID card, it is required to list your parent's (usually father's) hometown instead even if it's not the same as yours.

Derived terms[edit]

Derived terms

Adjective[edit]

quê (, 𬫀)

  1. Short for quê mùa (typical of countrymen; rural, lame and tacky).
  2. (Southern Vietnam, by extension) very embarrassing; mortifying

Derived terms[edit]

Derived terms