swa

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See also: swą

Antillean Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French soie.

Noun[edit]

swa

  1. silk

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Papiamentu swa, from Dutch zwager.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sʋaː/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: swa
  • Rhymes: -aː

Noun[edit]

swa m (plural swa's, diminutive swaatje n)

  1. (slang, Netherlands, Antilles) mate, bud, friend
    Ey swa, alles goed?Oi mate, how you doing?
    Synonyms: gabber, maat, makker, mattie, vriend

Anagrams[edit]


Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

swa

  1. Romanization of 𐍃𐍅𐌰

Haitian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French soir (evening)

Noun[edit]

swa

  1. evening

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *swā, from Proto-Germanic *swa, *swē (so), from Proto-Indo-European *swé and *se.

Cognate with Old Frisian sa (West Frisian sa), Old Saxon (Low German so), Old Dutch (Dutch zo), Old High German (German so), Old Norse svá (Icelandic svo, Danish , Swedish , Norwegian so, ), Gothic 𐍃𐍅𐌰 (swa), Latin si (from an earlier form suad), Oscan 𐌔𐌅𐌀𐌝 (svaí), Umbrian sve, Ancient Greek ὡς (hōs) (earlier ϝος (wos)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

swā

  1. that, of that
    æt menn fīftīene penningas and æt horse healf swā.
    15 pennies for a man, and half that for a horse.

Adverb[edit]

swā

  1. in that way, like that
    Hū meaht þū swā libban?
    How can you live like that?
    Nis hit nā swā.
    It is not so.
  2. to the extent stated; to a great extent, so, very
    Man meahte swā wīde ġesēon.You could see so far.
    Þēs sang nis swā gōd.This song isn't that good.
    Þū eart swā gōd hund!You're such a good dog!
    • Genesis B
      Þis ofet is swā swēte.
      This fruit is so sweet.
  3. doubled (with an interrogative pronoun) to mean 'whatever', 'whoever', etc
    swā hwæt swāwhatever
    swā hwā swāwhoever
    swā hwǣr swāwherever
    swā hwæder swāto wherever
    swā hwanon swāfrom wherever
    swā hwelċ swāwhichever
    swā hwænne swāwhenever
  4. doubled as a correlative: the..., the..
    swā māre, swā betere
    the more, the better
    Swā þū nēar þām lēohte cymst, swā þīn sċadu māre wierþ.
    The closer you get to the light, the greater your shadow becomes.
  5. doubled as a comparative: as...as..
    swā smēðe swā ǣġru
    as smooth as eggs
  6. used once as a comparative

Conjunction[edit]

swā

  1. like, as, the way (often doubled as "swā swā")
    Swā ġē witon, iċ āwēox on Wintanċeastre.
    As you know, I grew up in Winchester.
    swā swā iċ ǣr sæġde
    as I said before
    Iċ bēo simle swā iċ eom.
    I'll always be the way I am.
  2. (temporal) when, while, as
  3. so, with the result that
  4. on condition that

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: so, swo
    • English: so
    • Scots: sae
    • Yola: zo, zoo, sae

Papiamentu[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • sua (alternative spelling)

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch zwager (brother-in-law).

Noun[edit]

swa

  1. friend, pal, comrade
  2. brother-in-law

Descendants[edit]


Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sfa/
  • Rhymes: -a
  • Syllabification: swa

Pronoun[edit]

swa

  1. Alternative form of swoja.

Sranan Tongo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Saramaccan suwá and Aukan suwa. Likely from English sour.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

swa

  1. sour

Noun[edit]

swa

  1. acid

Tswana[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bantu *-kúa.

Verb[edit]

swa

  1. to die