See also: भाई

HindiEdit

EtymologyEdit

McGregor suggests Sanskrit भगिन् (bhagin, good, prosperous).

PronunciationEdit

  • (Delhi Hindi) IPA(key): /bʱə.iː/

NounEdit

भई (bhaīm or f (Urdu spelling بھئی‎)

  1. friend, pal
    भई, थोड़ा जल्दी कर।bhaī, thoṛā jaldī kara.Hurry up pal.

Usage notesEdit

Calling someone भई does not necessarily mean that they are your friend, and can be seen as patronizing in some contexts. It is also used as a general-purpose interjection meaning "hey!".

DeclensionEdit

NOTE: This term is declined masculine or feminine according to the gender of the referent.

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