quoi

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Bourguignon[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin quid; ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kʷid, compare *kʷis. Cognate to French quoi.

Pronoun[edit]

quoi

  1. what (oblique pronoun)
  2. (slang) aught, anything, something
    El aiveint-ti de quoi maingé ?
    Did they have enough to eat?

Adverb[edit]

quoi

  1. (colloquial) you know, like, y'know.

Usage note[edit]

In some parts of Bourgogne, quoi is often confounded with quei, originally meaning which?. For example, it is not uncommon to hear aivoi de quei instead of aivoi de quoi ('to have enough').

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French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin quid; ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kʷid, compare *kʷis. Cognate to English what, which differs due to changing under Grimm’s law.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kwa/
  • (file)
  • Homophones: coi, cois

Pronoun[edit]

quoi

  1. what (oblique pronoun)
  2. (slang) aught, anything, something
    Y'a quoi à faire en Angleterre? Il n’y a pas de quoi.
    Is there aught to do in England? No, there is not.

Adverb[edit]

quoi

  1. (colloquial) you know, like, y'know.
    Alors, ce mec m'a dit de te donner son porte-monnaie, quoi.
    So, this guy told me to give you his wallet, like.

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

quoi

  1. dative singular masculine of quī
  2. dative singular feminine of quī
  3. dative singular neuter of quī

Pronoun[edit]

quoi

  1. dative singular masculine of quī
  2. dative singular feminine of quī
  3. dative singular neuter of quī

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Old French, from Latin quietus.

Adjective[edit]

quoi m (feminine singular quoie, masculine plural quois, feminine plural quoies)

  1. silent
  2. calm; peaceful

References[edit]

  • coi on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330-1500) (in French)

Etymology 2[edit]

See quoy.

Pronoun[edit]

quoi

  1. Alternative form of quoy

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin quietus.

Adjective[edit]

quoi m (oblique and nominative feminine singular quoie)

  1. silent
  2. calm; peaceful