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PronunciationEdit

  • (UK, US) enPR: ăn'ĭməl, IPA(key): /ˈænɪməl/
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English animal, from Old French animal, from Latin animal, a nominal use of an adjective from animale, neuter of animalis, from anima (breath, spirit). Displaced native Middle English deor, der (animal) (from Old English dēor (animal)), Middle English reother (animal, neat) (from Old English hrīþer, hrȳþer (neat, ox)).

NounEdit

animal (plural animals)

  1. In scientific usage, a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plants and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organisms (distinguishing it from plants).
    A cat is an animal, not a plant. Humans are also animals, under the scientific definition, as we are not plants.
  2. In non-scientific usage, any member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human.
  3. In non-scientific usage, any land-living vertebrate (i.e. not fishes, insects, etc.).
    • 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:
      Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
  4. (figuratively) A person who behaves wildly; a bestial, brutal, brutish, cruel, or inhuman person.
    My students are animals.
  5. (informal) A person of a particular type.
    He's a political animal.
  6. Matter, thing.
    a whole different animal
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Etymology 2Edit

From Latin animalis, from either anima (breath, spirit) or animus. Originally distinct from the noun, it became associated with attributive use of the noun and is now indistinguishable from it.

AdjectiveEdit

animal (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to animals.
    animal instincts
  2. Raw, base, unhindered by social codes.
    animal passions
  3. Pertaining to the spirit or soul; relating to sensation or innervation.
    • 2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004), page 47:
      To explain what activated the flesh, ‘animal spirits’ were posited, superfine fluids which shuttled between the mind and the vitals, conveying messages and motion.
  4. (slang, Ireland) Excellent.
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ReferencesEdit

  • animal at OneLook Dictionary Search

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AsturianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin animal.

AdjectiveEdit

animal (epicene, plural animales)

  1. animal

NounEdit

animal m (plural animales)

  1. animal

CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin animal.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

animal m (plural animals)

  1. animal

AdjectiveEdit

animal (masculine and feminine plural animals)

  1. animal

CebuanoEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From English animal, from Middle English animal, from Old French animal, from Latin animal, a nominal use of an adjective from animale, neuter of animalis, from anima (breath, spirit).

NounEdit

animal

  1. animal
  2. (derogatory) a contemptible person
  3. (sometimes humurous), a crazy person

AdjectiveEdit

animal

  1. (sometimes humurous), crazy
  2. contemptible, deserving contempt
  3. ruthless; without pity or compassion; cruel, pitiless

Etymology 2Edit

From Spanish animal, from Latin animal.

InterjectionEdit

animal

  1. (vulgar) used as an expression of disgust, anger, etc.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin animal. Compare the archaic inherited doublet aumaille and its variant armaille, both from the Latin neuter plural animālia.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

animal m (plural animaux)

  1. animal

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animal (feminine singular animale, masculine plural animaux, feminine plural animales)

  1. animal

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin animal.

AdjectiveEdit

animal m, f (plural animais)

  1. animal

NounEdit

animal m (plural animais)

  1. animal

Haitian CreoleEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French animal, from Latin animal.

NounEdit

animal

  1. animal

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InterlinguaEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

animal (plural animales)

  1. animal

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From animāle, nominative neuter singular of animālis.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

animal n (genitive animālis); third declension

  1. animal
  2. living creature

DeclensionEdit

Third declension neuter “pure” i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
nominative animal animālia
genitive animālis animālium
dative animālī animālibus
accusative animal animālia
ablative animālī animālibus
vocative animal animālia

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Middle FrenchEdit

NounEdit

animal m (plural animaux or animaulx)

  1. animal

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PapiamentuEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Portuguese animal and Spanish animal.

NounEdit

animal

  1. beast
  2. animal

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin animal. See also alimária, an inherited doublet.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

animal m (plural animais)

  1. (biology) animal (any member of the kingdom Animalia)
  2. (non-scientific usage) animal (an animal other than a human, especially a vertebrate)
  3. (colloquial) twat; idiot; moron
  4. (colloquial) beast (a cruel person)

QuotationsEdit

For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:animal.

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animal m, f (plural animais, comparable)

  1. (biology) animal (relating to animals)
  2. (Brazil, slang) cool; awesome

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QuotationsEdit

For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:animal.


RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French animal, from Latin animal. Doublet of nămaie.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

animal m, n (feminine singular animală, masculine plural animali, feminine and neuter plural animale)

  1. animal, animalistic
  2. brutal

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AdverbEdit

animal

  1. brutally

NounEdit

animal n (plural animale)

  1. animal

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RomanschEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin animal.

NounEdit

animal m (plural animals)

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Surmiran, Vallader) animal

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Lua error: not enough memory. See also Lua error: not enough memoryLua error: not enough memory, an inherited doublet.

PronunciationEdit

  • Lua error: not enough memory

NounEdit

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. animal

Derived termsEdit

(diminutive Lua error: not enough memory or Lua error: not enough memory)

AdjectiveEdit

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. animal

AnagramsEdit

  • lámina
  • Lua error: not enough memory

Tok PisinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Lua error: not enough memory.

NounEdit

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. animal (members of Kingdom Animalia that are not humans)
    • Lua error: not enough memory, Lua error: not enough memory, Port Moresby: Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, 1:25:Lua error: not enough memory
      Lua error: not enough memory
    Lua error: not enough memory
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