swa

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Papiamentu swa, from Dutch zwager.

Pronunciation[edit]

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]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *swa, *swē (so), from Proto-Indo-European *swē, *swō and Proto-Indo-European *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 and 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. so, thus, in this way, in that way
    Weorp þone beall swā.
    Throw the ball like this.
    Hū meaht þū swā libban?
    How can you live that way?
    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.
    Þes hamer nis swā gōd.
    This hammer isn't that good.
  3. doubled (with an interrogative pronoun) to mean 'whatever', 'whoever', etc
    swā hwæt swā — whatever
    swā hwā swā — whoever
    swā hwǣr swā — wherever
    swā hwider swā — to wherever
    swā hwanan swā — from wherever
    swā hwilċ swā – whichever, whatever kind of
    swā hwǣnne swā — whenever
  4. doubled as a correlative: the...the...
    swā norðor swā smælre.
    The further north, the narrower the land.
  5. doubled as a comparative: as...as...
    swā hwīt swā snāw.
    As white as snow.
  6. used once as a comparative
    • c. 900, the Old English Boethius
      Wēnaþ þā dysiġan þæt ǣlċ mann sīe blind swā hīe sind, and þæt nān mann ne mæġe ġesēon þæt hīe gesēon ne magon.
      Fools think everyone is as blind as they are, and that no one can see what they cannot.

Conjunction[edit]

swā

  1. like, as (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
  2. (temporal) when, while, as
  3. so, with the result that
  4. on condition that

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: swo, so
    • English: so

Papiamentu[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch zwager (brother-in-law).

Noun[edit]

swa

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

Sranan Tongo[edit]

Noun[edit]

swa

  1. acid