See also: கிளவி

Tamil

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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From கிழவு (kiḻavu, old age), from the root கிழ (kiḻa​, old). See Tamil கிழமை (kiḻamai) for more cognates. Cognate with Malayalam കിഴവി (kiḻavi).

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /kɪɻɐʋɪ/, [kɪɻɐʋi]
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Noun

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கிழவி (kiḻavi)

  1. old lady, grandmother
    Coordinate term: கிழவன் m (kiḻavaṉ)
  2. (impolite, rude) old female

Usage notes

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Referring to an elderly woman with this noun is often considered rude and disrespectful. Respectful and polite alternatives are அம்மா (ammā), பாட்டி (pāṭṭi).

References

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  • University of Madras (1924–1936) “கிழவி”, in Tamil Lexicon, Madras [Chennai]: Diocesan Press