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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Tai *ɣwaːjᴬ (water buffalo). Cognate with Northern Thai ᨤ᩠ᩅᩣ᩠ᨿ, Lao ຄວາຍ (khuāi), ᦩᦻ (xvaay), Tai Dam ꪁꪫꪱꪥ, Tai Nüa ᥑᥣᥭᥰ (xaay2), Shan ၵႂၢႆး (kwáay), Ahom 𑜁𑜨𑜩 (khoy) or 𑜁𑜩 (khay), Zhuang vaiz, Saek ว๊าย.

PronunciationEdit

Orthographicควาย
g w ā y
Phonemicคฺวาย
g ̥ w ā y
RomanizationPaiboonkwaai
Royal Institutekhwai
(standard) IPA(key)/kʰwaːj˧/

NounEdit

ควาย (kwaai) (classifier ตัว)

  1. (sometimes considered vulgar) water buffalo: the animal Bubalus bubalis of the family Bovidae.
  2. (slang, vulgar, derogatory, very offensive) (อี~, ไอ้~) stupid person; idiot.

Usage notesEdit

  • (water buffalo): For formality or politeness, the term is often replaced by กระบือ (grà-bʉʉ).

SynonymsEdit

water buffalo

Derived termsEdit

Derived terms

AdjectiveEdit

ควาย (kwaai) (abstract noun ความควาย)

  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory, very offensive) stupid; idiot.
  2. (slang, sometimes considered vulgar and offensive) very large.

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