English

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Hindi दाई (dāī), from Sanskrit.

Noun

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dai (plural dais)

  1. (chiefly North India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) A wet nurse; a midwife. [from 18th c.]
    • 1997, Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold, HarperCollins, published 2013, page 72:
      Kausalya, she learnt, was his dai, the one who had breast-fed and looked after him.

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terms containing "dai" of different etymology

Anagrams

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Bikol Central

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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Inherited from Proto-Austronesian *qazi with metathesis.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /daˈʔi/, [d̪aˈʔi]
  • Audio:(file)
  • Hyphenation: da‧i

Adverb

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dai (Basahan spelling ᜇᜁ)

  1. no; never
    Synonym: nungka

Particle

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dai (Basahan spelling ᜇᜁ)

  1. no
    Antonym: iyo
    Coordinate terms: bako, habo

Pronoun

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dai (Basahan spelling ᜇᜁ)

  1. (formal, literary, indefinite) nothing; none; no one; nobody
    Synonyms: mayo, wara
    Antonyms: igwa, may
    Dai baga nin tawo sa harong.
    There's no one in the house.

Verb

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dai (Basahan spelling ᜇᜁ)

  1. do not, don't
    Synonym: hari
    Dai ka na mag-iba.
    You don't have to join.
    Dai ka magsabi saiya
    (You) don't tell him/her.

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Dalmatian

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Etymology 1

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Inherited from Classical Latin diēs. Compare Istriot dèi, Venetian and archaic Italian , Romanian zi.

Noun

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dai m (plural dai)

  1. day
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Etymology 2

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Interjection

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dai

  1. go away, get lost

Galician

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Verb

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dai

  1. (reintegrationist norm) second-person plural imperative of dar

German Low German

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Article

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dai m or f (neuter dat, plural dai)

  1. (Eastern Pomeranian) the
    Ik haw ai mit dai bruud danst.
    I have already danced with the bride.

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dai m or f (neuter dat, plural dai)

  1. (Eastern Pomeranian) (relative) who, that, which
    Jéferson, dai kan uk gaud singa
    Jéferson, who can also sing well

Noun

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dai

  1. cassowary

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Italian

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Etymology 1

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Contraction

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dai

  1. Contraction of da i.:
    1. from the
    2. at the house/home of the
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  • da' (truncation)
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Etymology 2

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Verb

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dai

  1. inflection of dare:
    1. second-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative

Interjection

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dai

  1. an expression of encouragement; come on!
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Anagrams

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Japanese

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Romanization

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dai

  1. Rōmaji transcription of だい

Ladin

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Etymology

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da +‎ i

Contraction

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dai

  1. from or of the (+ masculine plural noun)

Mandarin

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Romanization

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dai

  1. Nonstandard spelling of dāi.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of dǎi.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of dài.

Usage notes

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  • Transcriptions of Mandarin into the Latin script often do not distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without indication of tone.

Middle English

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Noun

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dai

  1. Alternative form of day

North Frisian

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Etymology

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From Old Frisian dei. Cognates include West Frisian dei.

Noun

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dai m (plural daar)

  1. (Föhr-Amrum) day
    de öler dai
    the next day

Portuguese

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Pronunciation

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  • Hyphenation: dai
  • Rhymes: -aj

Verb

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dai

  1. second-person plural imperative of dar

Romagnol

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Preposition

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dai

  1. masculine plural of da (from)

Romanian

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Pronunciation

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Verb

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dai

  1. second-person singular present indicative/subjunctive of da

Southern Catanduanes Bicolano

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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Inherited from Proto-Austronesian *qazi with metathesis.

Particle

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dai

  1. no
    Antonym: iyo
    Coordinate terms: bako, habo

Pronoun

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dai

  1. (indefinite) nothing; none
    Synonym: wala
    Antonyms: igwa, may
    Dai nin tawo sa haḽong.
    There's no one in the house.

Verb

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dai

  1. don't

Swahili

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Etymology

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From Arabic دَعَا (daʕā).

Pronunciation

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Noun

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dai (ma class, plural madai)

  1. a claim
  2. a demand
  3. a requirement

Verb

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-dai (infinitive kudai)

  1. to claim
  2. to demand
  3. to require

Conjugation

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Conjugation of -dai
Positive present -nadai
Subjunctive -dai
Negative -dai
Imperative singular dai
Infinitives
Positive kudai
Negative kutodai
Imperatives
Singular dai
Plural daini
Tensed forms
Habitual hudai
Positive past positive subject concord + -lidai
Negative past negative subject concord + -kudai
Positive present (positive subject concord + -nadai)
Singular Plural
1st person ninadai/nadai tunadai
2nd person unadai mnadai
3rd person m-wa(I/II) anadai wanadai
other classes positive subject concord + -nadai
Negative present (negative subject concord + -dai)
Singular Plural
1st person sidai hatudai
2nd person hudai hamdai
3rd person m-wa(I/II) hadai hawadai
other classes negative subject concord + -dai
Positive future positive subject concord + -tadai
Negative future negative subject concord + -tadai
Positive subjunctive (positive subject concord + -dai)
Singular Plural
1st person nidai tudai
2nd person udai mdai
3rd person m-wa(I/II) adai wadai
other classes positive subject concord + -dai
Negative subjunctive positive subject concord + -sidai
Positive present conditional positive subject concord + -ngedai
Negative present conditional positive subject concord + -singedai
Positive past conditional positive subject concord + -ngalidai
Negative past conditional positive subject concord + -singalidai
Gnomic (positive subject concord + -adai)
Singular Plural
1st person nadai twadai
2nd person wadai mwadai
3rd person m-wa(I/II) adai wadai
m-mi(III/IV) wadai yadai
ji-ma(V/VI) ladai yadai
ki-vi(VII/VIII) chadai vyadai
n(IX/X) yadai zadai
u(XI) wadai see n(X) or ma(VI) class
ku(XV/XVII) kwadai
pa(XVI) padai
mu(XVIII) mwadai
Perfect positive subject concord + -medai
"Already" positive subject concord + -meshadai
"Not yet" negative subject concord + -jadai
"If/When" positive subject concord + -kidai
"If not" positive subject concord + -sipodai
Consecutive kadai / positive subject concord + -kadai
Consecutive subjunctive positive subject concord + -kadai
Object concord (indicative positive)
Singular Plural
1st person -nidai -tudai
2nd person -kudai -wadai/-kudaini/-wadaini
3rd person m-wa(I/II) -mdai -wadai
m-mi(III/IV) -udai -idai
ji-ma(V/VI) -lidai -yadai
ki-vi(VII/VIII) -kidai -vidai
n(IX/X) -idai -zidai
u(XI) -udai see n(X) or ma(VI) class
ku(XV/XVII) -kudai
pa(XVI) -padai
mu(XVIII) -mudai
Reflexive -jidai
Relative forms
General positive (positive subject concord + (object concord) + -dai- + relative marker)
Singular Plural
m-wa(I/II) -daiye -daio
m-mi(III/IV) -daio -daiyo
ji-ma(V/VI) -dailo -daiyo
ki-vi(VII/VIII) -daicho -daivyo
n(IX/X) -daiyo -daizo
u(XI) -daio see n(X) or ma(VI) class
ku(XV/XVII) -daiko
pa(XVI) -daipo
mu(XVIII) -daimo
Other forms (subject concord + tense marker + relative marker + (object concord) + -dai)
Singular Plural
m-wa(I/II) -yedai -odai
m-mi(III/IV) -odai -yodai
ji-ma(V/VI) -lodai -yodai
ki-vi(VII/VIII) -chodai -vyodai
n(IX/X) -yodai -zodai
u(XI) -odai see n(X) or ma(VI) class
ku(XV/XVII) -kodai
pa(XVI) -podai
mu(XVIII) -modai
Some forms not commonly seen in modern Standard Swahili are absent from the table. See Appendix:Swahili verbs for more information.

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Tok Pisin

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Etymology

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From English die.

Verb

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dai

  1. To die
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Port Moresby: Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Jenesis 2:17:
      Tasol yu no ken kaikai pikinini bilong dispela diwai bilong givim gutpela save long wanem samting i gutpela na wanem samting i nogut. Sapos yu kaikai, wantu bai yu dai.”
      →New International Version translation

Adjective

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dai

  1. dead

Vietnamese

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Alternative forms

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  • (North Central Vietnam) đai

Etymology

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From Proto-Vietic *k-taːl.

Pronunciation

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Adjective

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dai (, , , )

  1. (of food) tough
    Thịt gì dai quá, nhai mỏi cả mồm!
    This meat's so tough that my jaw's getting tired chewing it!
  2. persistent
    Cái thằng này dai như đỉa.
    You're persistent. I'll give you that.
    (literally, “This guy is as persistent as a leech (which is known to hang tough onto whatever it bites).”)

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dai (, , , )

  1. persistently
    Thằng khốn đó sống dai thật!
    Why hasn't that bastard died already?

Welsh

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Noun

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dai

  1. Soft mutation of tai.

Mutation

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Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
tai dai nhai thai
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Zhuang

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Etymology

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From Proto-Tai *p.taːjᴬ (to die). Cognate with Bouyei daail, Thai ตาย (dtaai), Lao ຕາຍ (tāi), ᦎᦻ (ṫaay), Tai Dam ꪔꪱꪥ, Shan တၢႆ (tǎai), Tai Nüa ᥖᥣᥭ (taay), Ahom 𑜄𑜩 (tay).

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Verb

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dai (Sawndip forms 𬆗 or or 𰭩 or ⿰歹太 or or or 𪱜 or or ⿰死台 or 𱥎, 1957–1982 spelling dai)

  1. to die

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Etymology 1

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Pronunciation

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Noun

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dai

  1. dew

Etymology 2

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Pronunciation

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Verb

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dái

  1. (transitive) to hinder

Etymology 3

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Pronunciation

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Noun

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dài

  1. fence, hedge

References

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  • Lukram Himmat Singh (2013) A Descriptive Grammar of Zou, Canchipur: Manipur University, page 63