Ancient GreekEdit


From Proto-Hellenic *kʰəřřō, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer-.




χαίρω ‎(khaírō)

  1. To be full of cheer, i.e. calmly happy or well off
  2. To enjoy [+dative = something], [+participle = doing something]
  3. (perfect) To be very glad; to enjoy [+dative = something], [+participle = doing something] a great deal
    • 422 BCE, Aristophanes, The Wasps 764–766
      σὺ δ᾽ οὖν, ἐπειδὴ τοῦτο κεχάρηκας ποιῶν,
      ἐκεῖσε μὲν μηκέτι βάδιζ᾽, ἀλλ᾽ ἐνθάδε
      αὐτοῦ μένων δίκαζε τοῖσιν οἰκέταις.
      Very well then, since you find so much pleasure in it,
      go down there no more, but stay
      here and deal out justice to your slaves.
  4. (on meeting or parting, as an imperative) Be well; farewell, be glad, God speed, greetings, hail, joy(‐fully), rejoice (as a salutation)


Derived termsEdit




χαίρω ‎(chaíro) ‎(simple past ) (largely found in the expressions shown)

  1. be happy, be glad
    Χαίρε Μαρία‎ ― Chaíre María ― Hail Mary
    χαίρετε‎ ― chaírete ― hi, hello, greetings
    χαίρω πολύ‎ ― chaíro polý ― pleased to meet you
    χαίρω καλής φήμης‎ ― chaíro kalís fímis ― have a good reputation
    χαίρω μεγάλης εκτιμήσεως‎ ― chaíro megális ektimíseos ― to hold in high esteem
    χαίρω άκρας υγείας‎ ― chaíro ákras ygeías ― to enjoy good health
    χάρηκα πολύ‎ ― chárika polý ― please to have met you


  • χαίρομαι(chaíromai) (a deponent verb, but some sources imply that this is a passive form of χαίρω)

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