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See also: Gai, gái, gài, gãi, gāi, gǎi, and ga'i

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BasqueEdit

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

gai

  1. material
  2. matter, stuff
  3. topic, subject

AdjectiveEdit

gai

  1. Having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed of qualifications rendering competent for some end; competent; qualified; capable.
    zerbait egiteko gai izan - to be able to do something.
    ez naiz egiteko gai izan - I'm not been able to do it.

CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English gay.

AdjectiveEdit

gai (masculine and feminine plural gais)

  1. gay, homosexual

NounEdit

gai m (plural gais)

  1. gay man

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French gai. This from Old Provençal gai, from Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌷𐌴𐌹𐍃 (gaheis, impetuous)[1]; or from Frankish *gāhi (fast, sudden, impetuous), Frankish *wāhi (pretty)[2]; or (per Liberman, Chance, Meier) from Latin vagus (wandering, inconstant, flighty), with *[w] → [g] as in French gaine[3]. Cognate with English gay and Italian gaio.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

gai (feminine singular gaie, masculine plural gais, feminine plural gaies)

  1. cheerful; merry

AntonymsEdit

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Picoche, Jacqueline; Jean-Claude Rolland (2009), “gai”, in Dictionnaire étymologique du français (in French), Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert
  2. ^ Dauzat, Albert; Jean Dubois, Henri Mitterand (1964) Nouveau dictionnaire étymologique (in French), Paris: Librairie Larousse
  3. ^ http://blog.oup.com/2012/02/word-origin-roots-gay/

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AnagramsEdit


ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

gai

  1. masculine plural of gaio

AnagramsEdit


JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

gai

  1. Rōmaji transcription of がい

LojbanEdit

CmavoEdit

gai

  1. (cardinal, hexadecimal digit and number) twelve
  2. (on a clock face; alternatively pare) twelve

RafsiEdit

gai

  1. rafsi of gacri.

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

gai

  1. Nonstandard spelling of gāi.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of gǎi.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of gài.

Usage notesEdit

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Old Provençal, see below.

AdjectiveEdit

gai m (oblique and nominative feminine singular gaie)

  1. happy; cheerful; gay

DescendantsEdit


Old ProvençalEdit

AdjectiveEdit

gai m, f (plural gais)

  1. happy; joyous
    • circa 1145, Bernard de Ventadour, Lo gens tems de pascor:
      Per que tuih amador
      Son gai e chantador
      For all the lovers
      are joyous and full of song

RohingyaEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Bengali.

NounEdit

gai

  1. cow

VietnameseEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Vietic *t-keː (hemp-nettle).

NounEdit

(classifier cái) gai

  1. hemp-nettle
  2. thorn
  3. prickle

Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Vietic *-keː (ramie).

NounEdit

(classifier cây) gai

  1. ramie

ZhuangEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (Standard Zhuang) IPA(key): /kaːi˨˦/
  • Tone numbers: gai1
  • Hyphenation: gai

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Middle Chinese (MC kˠɛ, kˠɛi, “street”). Cognate with Bouyei gaail. Compare Cantonese (gaai1).

NounEdit

gai (old orthography gai, Sawndip forms )

  1. street

See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Tai *p.qaːj (to sell). Cognate with Thai ขาย (kǎai), Northern Thai ᨡᩣ᩠ᨿ, Lao ຂາຍ (khāi), ᦃᦻ (ẋaay), Shan ၶၢႆ (khaay1), Ahom 𑜁𑜩 (khay), Bouyei gaail.

VerbEdit

gai (old orthography gai, Sawndip forms , , )

  1. to sell