Isan

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Etymology

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Cognate with Northern Thai ᨡᩮᩢᩣ, Lao ເຂົາ (khao), Thai เขา (kǎo) ᦃᧁ (ẋaw), Ahom 𑜁𑜧 (khaw).

Pronoun

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เขา (transliteration needed)

  1. he, she, it, him, her
    Synonym: ลาว (láao)

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Isan personal pronouns
Singular Plural
1st person 2nd person 3rd person 1st person 2nd person 3rd person
Formal ข้าน้อย (kàa-nɔ̂ɔi) ท่าน (tāan) เพิ่น (pə̄n) หมู่ข้าน้อย (mūu kàa-nɔ̂ɔi) หมู่ท่าน (mūu tāan) ขะเจ้า (ka-jâo)
Common ข้อย (kɔ̀ɔi) เจ้า (jâo) เขา (kǎo)
ลาว (láao)
เฮา (háo)
หมู่เฮา (mūu háo)
หมู่เจ้า (mūu jâo) หมู่เขา (mūu kǎo)
หมู่ลาว (mūu láao)
Vulgar กู (guu) มึง (mʉ́ng) มัน (mán) N/A

Thai

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Etymology 1

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Cognate with Northern Thai ᨡᩮᩢᩣ, Lao ເຂົາ (khao), ᦃᧁ (ẋaw), Ahom 𑜁𑜧 (khaw), Tai Nüa ᥑᥝᥴ (xáw).

Pronunciation

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Orthographicเขา
e kʰ ā
Phonemic
เขา
e kʰ ā
[informal]
เค้า
e g ˆ ā
RomanizationPaiboonkǎokáo
Royal Institutekhaokhao
(standard) IPA(key)/kʰaw˩˩˦/(R)/kʰaw˦˥/(R)

Pronoun

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เขา (kǎo)

  1. he; she; they.
  2. (childish) I; oneself.
    เขาคิดถึงตัวเองจัง
    kǎo kít-tʉ̌ng dtuua-eeng jang
    I miss you so much!
Usage notes
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  • The third person pronoun can be used specifically or nonspecifically, such as "เขาว่า..." (kǎo wâa...; "they say...").
  • The first person pronoun is usually used with the second person pronoun ตัวเอง (dtuua-eeng) or เตง (dteeng).
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Noun

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เขา (kǎo)

  1. (figurative) one who is not on someone's part or side or is not a member of someone's group, entity, etc.
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Etymology 2

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Compare Middle Chinese (MC khjuw, “mountain”). Cognate with Northern Thai ᨡᩮᩢᩣ, Lao ເຂົາ (khao), ᦃᧁ (ẋaw), Ahom 𑜁𑜧 (khaw).

Pronunciation

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Orthographic/Phonemicเขา
e kʰ ā
RomanizationPaiboonkǎo
Royal Institutekhao
(standard) IPA(key)/kʰaw˩˩˦/(R)

Noun

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เขา (kǎo)

  1. hill; mountain.
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Etymology 3

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From Proto-Tai *qawᴬ (horn). Cognate to Northern Thai ᨡᩮᩢᩣ, Lao ເຂົາ (khao), Tai Nüa ᥑᥝᥴ (xáw), ᦃᧁ (ẋaw), Shan ၶဝ် (khǎo), Ahom 𑜁𑜧 (khaw) or 𑜁𑜨𑜧 (khow), Zhuang gaeu. Compare Sui baol and ggaol (horn), Southern Kam baol (horn), Proto-Hlai *ɦəw (horn).

Pronunciation

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Orthographic/Phonemicเขา
e kʰ ā
RomanizationPaiboonkǎo
Royal Institutekhao
(standard) IPA(key)/kʰaw˩˩˦/(R)

Noun

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เขา (kǎo)

  1. horn; antler.
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Etymology 4

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(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation

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Orthographic/Phonemicเขา
e kʰ ā
RomanizationPaiboonkǎo
Royal Institutekhao
(standard) IPA(key)/kʰaw˩˩˦/(R)

Noun

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เขา (kǎo)

  1. (นก~) any of various birds of the family Columbidae, including doves and pigeons.
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Etymology 5

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Pronunciation

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Orthographic/Phonemicเขา
e kʰ ā
RomanizationPaiboonkǎo
Royal Institutekhao
(standard) IPA(key)/kʰaw˩˩˦/(R)

Noun

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เขา (kǎo)

  1. (somewhat archaic) climber; creeper; vine.