tja

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See also: tjá, tjå, and тя

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant of ja (yes).

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

tja

  1. Expression of contemplation.
    Tja... jeg ved ikke rigtig.
    Well... I am not sure about this.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant of ja (yes). Compare tjonge (from jongen).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Interjection[edit]

tja

  1. hmm, yeah well
    Tja, eigenlijk weet ik dat niet.
    Yeah well, actually I don't know that.

Descendants[edit]

  • Negerhollands: tscha

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from an onomatopoeia for clicking one’s tongue, which is used with the same meaning. Perhaps also a variant of ja (yes).

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

tja

  1. well, hmm
    Was schlägst du vor? — Tja, ich schlage vor, dass wir ins Kino gehen.
    What do you suggest? — Well, I suggest that we go to the movies.
  2. oh well
    Tja! Das war wohl nichts...
    Oh well! That didn’t work out as planned...

Further reading[edit]

  • tja” in Duden online

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ja (yes).

Interjection[edit]

tja

  1. used to express uncertainty; hm; well; compare nja
    Tja, eg veit ikkje om dét er nokon god idé.
    Well...I am not sure if that is a good idea.

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

tja (Cyrillic spelling тја)

  1. (Croatia, regional) there
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From German tja.

Interjection[edit]

tja

  1. hmm, oh well

Swedish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From tjena, in turn a clipping of tjenare, variant of tjänare.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

tja

  1. (colloquial) hi! hiya!
    • 2013, Ingrid Olsson, Långt ifrån cool:
      Tja!, säger Hampus och Andreas och stannar precis framför oss.
      Hi!, say Hampus and Andreas and stop just in front of us.

Etymology 2[edit]

Variant of ja (yes).

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

tja

  1. an expression of doubt and uncertainty; well
    • 2015, Stieg Larsson, Män som hatar kvinnor:
      Sedan dess hade hon juridiskt betraktats som… tja, knäpp.
      Since then she had been regarded as… well, crazy.
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