wat

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Thai วัด.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wat (plural wats)

  1. A Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.
    There are two wats near this village.
    Angkor Wat
    • 1857, Sir John Bowring, The kingdom and people of Siam, volume 1, page 165:
      Having at last got past the crowd of boats, we advanced rapidly for two hours more, when we stopped at a wat, in order to give the men a rest.
    • 1982, Carlo Caldarola, Religions and societies, Asia and the Middle East, page 379:
      Aside from its religious function in the community, the wat also performs a large variety of social functions.
    • 1996, James Bissett Pratt, The Pilgrimage of Buddhism and a Buddhist Pilgrimage, page 194:
      It would be a mistake, however, to emphasize the Hindu element in Cambodian Buddhism and Cambodian temples. At its greatest it is always a subordinate element and in most of the wats or temples it hardly appears at all, []
    • 1999, Steve Van Beek; Luca Invernizzi, The arts of Thailand, page 15:
      It is often possible to discern the motivation or importance of a wat by examining its name
    • 2003, Joshua Eliot; Jane Bickersteth, Thailand handbook, page 268:
      The ubosoth is in a small enclosure just before the main entrance to the wat, on the right, which has fine gilded doors. The wat has a small museum.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Variation of what.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. (informal, Internet, text messaging) Alternative spelling of what.

Adverb[edit]

wat (not comparable)

  1. (informal, Internet, text messaging) Alternative spelling of what.

Determiner[edit]

wat

  1. (informal, Internet, text messaging) Alternative spelling of what.

Anagrams[edit]


Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch wat.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. what (interrogative pronoun)
  2. what (relative pronoun)
  3. which (interrogative pronoun)
  4. which (relative pronoun)
  5. that (relative pronoun)

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch wat, from Old Dutch wat, from Proto-Germanic *hwat, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷód, *kʷod, compare West Frisian wat, English what, German was, Danish hvad.

Pronunciation[edit]

(file)

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. (interrogative) what: e.g. (1) asking for a subject complement; (2) asking for a sentence object
    (1) Wat is dat?What is that?
    (2) Wat wil je doen?What do you want to do?
  2. (relative) what: e.g. (1) as the object of a sentence; (2) ditto
    (1) Ik weet niet wat ik wil doen. — I don't know what I want to do.
    (2) Jij moet afblijven wat jij daar ziet. — You must not touch what you see there.
  3. (relative) that: e.g. (1) modifying an indefinite pronoun like iets, niets, alles or het enige; (2) modifying an adjective that is used as a noun, usually a superlative
    (1) Geef mij maar alles wat eetbaar is. — Please give me everything that is edible.
    (2) Het duurste wat er was. — The most expensive that there was.
  4. (relative) which: e.g. (1) modifying the demonstrative pronouns dat and datgene; (2) referring back to an entire sentence
    (1) Hij nam precies datgene wat ik had gewild — He took exactly that which I had wanted.
    (2) Jantje deed het in z’n broek, wat zijn moeder in verlegenheid bracht. — John did it in his pants, which embarrassed his mother
  5. (indefinite) something: e.g. (1) as subject; (2) as subject complement
    (1) Daar loopt wat rond.Something there is walking around.
    (2) Dat is aardig wat! — That is quite something! [i.e. "That is quite a lot!"]

Usage notes[edit]

This pronoun can combine with a preposition to form a pronominal adverb. When this occurs, it is changed into its adverbial/locative counterpart waar. See also Category:Dutch pronominal adverbs.

A subclause following the relative pronoun wat is in SOV order.

Determiner[edit]

wat

  1. some
    Ik wil graag wat kersen.
    I want some cherries please.

Adverb[edit]

wat

  1. a bit, somewhat
    Hij doet dat wat onbedachtzaam.
    He does that somewhat unthoughtfully.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Low German wat, also used in many Central German dialects, which has found its way into the colloquial standard German of many parts of northern and western Germany, where it is used in free variation with standard was.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. (colloquial, nonstandard) Alternative form of was.
    Wat überlegste?
    What are you thinking?

Luxembourgish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. (interrogative) what
    Wat ass däin Numm?
    What is your name?
  2. (relative) what
    Ech weess net wat ze doen.
    I don't know what to do.

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch wat, from earlier *hwat, from Proto-Germanic *hwat.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. what

Descendants[edit]


Old Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier *hwat, from Proto-Germanic *hwat, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷód, *kʷod.

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. what

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle Dutch: wat

Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Proto-Germanic *wadą, whence also Old English wæd, Old Norse vað (Icelandic vað).

Noun[edit]

wat n

  1. ford

Polish[edit]

Noun[edit]

wat m

  1. watt

Declension[edit]


West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian hwet, from Proto-Germanic *hwat, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷód, *kʷod (compare Dutch wat, English what, German was, Danish hvad).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

wat

  1. what (interrogative only)
    • Wat sizze hja? -- What are they saying?

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