sayang

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Malay sayang.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Singapore English, Malaysian English) IPA(key): /ˈsʌɪjɑŋ/

Noun[edit]

sayang (uncountable) (Singapore, Malaysia, colloquial)

  1. love
  2. sweetheart, darling

Verb[edit]

sayang (indeclinable) (Singapore, Malaysia, colloquial)

  1. to love, adore
    He does sayang me a lot
  2. to regret, to miss (regret the absence of)
  3. to soothe
  4. to call someone by an affectionate nickname such as 'darling'

Adjective[edit]

sayang (comparative more sayang, superlative most sayang) (Singapore, Malaysia, colloquial)

  1. pitiful, regrettable

Interjection[edit]

sayang (Singapore, Malaysia, colloquial)

  1. alas, what a pity!

Further reading[edit]

  • sayang at A Dictionary of Singlish

Anagrams[edit]


Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Malay sayang (yearning; longing; pitying; love; affection; it were a pity; alas that), from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *sayaŋ (too bad! it’s a pity! what a shame!).

Noun[edit]

sayang (first-person possessive sayangku, second-person possessive sayangmu, third-person possessive sayangnya)

  1. love
    Synonyms: cinta, kasih
  2. sweetheart; darling

Verb[edit]

sayang

  1. to love

Further reading[edit]


Malay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *sayaŋ (too bad! it’s a pity! what a shame!).

Noun[edit]

sayang (Jawi spelling سايڠ‎, plural sayang-sayang, informal 1st possessive sayangku, impolite 2nd possessive sayangmu, 3rd possessive sayangnya)

  1. love
  2. sweetheart; darling

Descendants[edit]

  • Indonesian: sayang
  • English: sayang

Verb[edit]

sayang

  1. to love

Descendants[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sayang (Jawi spelling سايڠ‎)

  1. to be loving, affectionate

Descendants[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

sayang (Jawi spelling سايڠ‎)

  1. what a pity

Descendants[edit]

Further reading[edit]


Tagalog[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *sayaŋ (too bad! it’s a pity! what a shame!).

Interjection[edit]

sayang

  1. what a pity!

Noun[edit]

sayang

  1. waste; loss