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See also: Anya and ányá


Dupaningan AgtaEdit




  1. (interrogative) what



Possibly from Proto-Uralic *ańa (wife of an older relative).


  • IPA(key): [ˈɒɲɒ]
  • Hyphenation: anya


anya (plural anyák)

  1. mother
    Synonyms: édesanya, mama, anyu, anyuci, anyuka
  2. nut (piece of metal intended to be screwed onto a bolt)
    Synonyms: csavaranya, anyacsavar

Usage notesEdit

One needs to take extra caution about using this noun with the second-person singular or plural possessive suffixes (-d and -tok), as it may be understood as a short form of some highly offensive expletive in Hungarian, even if no attribute is added whatsoever. Even if the context makes it crystal clear that no offense is implied, it still doesn’t sound polite with second-person endings. Instead, it is better to use édesanya or perhaps (in case of a friend) anyuka with second-person suffixes (édesanyád, anyukád or édesanyátok, anyukátok). Out of respect, it is also advisable to use édesanya (or anyuka) when referring to the speaker’s own mother (édesanyám).


Inflection (stem in long/high vowel, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative anya anyák
accusative anyát anyákat
dative anyának anyáknak
instrumental anyával anyákkal
causal-final anyáért anyákért
translative anyává anyákká
terminative anyáig anyákig
essive-formal anyaként anyákként
inessive anyában anyákban
superessive anyán anyákon
adessive anyánál anyáknál
illative anyába anyákba
sublative anyára anyákra
allative anyához anyákhoz
elative anyából anyákból
delative anyáról anyákról
ablative anyától anyáktól
Possessive forms of anya
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. anyám anyáim
2nd person sing. anyád anyáid
3rd person sing. anyja anyái
1st person plural anyánk anyáink
2nd person plural anyátok anyáitok
3rd person plural anyjuk anyáik

Derived termsEdit

Compound words

Further readingEdit

  • anya in Ittzés, Nóra (ed.). A magyar nyelv nagyszótára (’A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 2006–2031
  • anya in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh: A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962.
  • anya in Bizonfy, Ferenc. Hungarian–English dictionary. Budapest: Franklin Társulat, 1886
  • anya in Hungarian–English dictionary at SZTAKI