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EtymologyEdit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.) For the sense of "orthographically silent", a semantic loan from French muet.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

câm

  1. mute (not having the power of speech)
  2. (orthography, phonetics) silent; mute
    Mặc dù trong tiếng Pháp ta có từ "h aspiré", chữ "h" của tiếng Pháp luôn luôn câm.
    Even though there's this thing called the "aspirated h" in French, the French letter "h" is always silent.
  3. (film, theater) silent
    kịch câm
    a silent play

VerbEdit

câm

  1. to shut up; to keep one's mouth shut
    câm như hến
    to shut your mouth as tight as a clam [shutting its shell]
    Có câm mồm không thì bảo?
    Would you keep your trap shut!?