See also: Gnu, GNU, gnú, and gnû

EnglishEdit

 
a few gnus

EtymologyEdit

Taken from Khoekhoe !nu:, likely onomatopoeic of the grunt-type noise of the gnu.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

gnu (plural gnus or gnu)

  1. A large antelope of the genus Connochaetes, native to Africa, having curved horns.
    Synonym: wildebeest

Usage notesEdit

  • Pronunciation with initial /ɡ/ popularized as a joke, in particular through The Gnu Song.[2][3]

TranslationsEdit

Further readingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 gnu”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  2. ^ Sue Butler (2020), “False patterns in English spelling”, in Rebel Without A Clause[1], Macmillan, →ISBN: “The pronunciation [guh-noo] was popularised as a joke until we all heard that pronunciation so often that it seemed more familiar than [nu].”
  3. ^ Flanders and Swann (lyrics and music) (1957), “The Gnu Song”: “If the animal in question hadn't put that chap to shame / And remarked "I h'ain't a h'elk, I'm a g-nu"”

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DanishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From German Gnu, from Afrikaans ghnoe, from Bantu.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɡnuː/, [ɡ̊nuːˀ]

NounEdit

gnu c (singular definite gnuen, plural indefinite gnuer)

  1. gnu, wildebeest

InflectionEdit


FinnishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡnu(ː)/, [ˈɡnu(ː)]
  • Rhymes: -u
  • Syllabification: gnu

NounEdit

gnu

  1. gnu, wildebeest (antelope of the genus Connochaetes)
  2. black wildebeest, white-tailed gnu, Connochaetes gnou (large antelope native to south Africa)
  3. blue wildebeest, brindled gnu, Connochaetes taurinus (large antelope native to eastern Africa)

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ItalianEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

gnu m (invariable)

  1. gnu
  2. wildebeest, kokoon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ gnu in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

Norwegian BokmålEdit

 
Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

EtymologyEdit

From an African language, via German Gnu

NounEdit

gnu m (definite singular gnuen, indefinite plural gnuer, definite plural gnuene)

  1. a gnu or wildebeest (large antelope)

ReferencesEdit


Norwegian NynorskEdit

Etymology 1Edit

 
Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

From German Gnu, from Afrikaans ghnoe. Ultimately Khoekhoe.

NounEdit

gnu m (definite singular gnuen, indefinite plural gnuar, definite plural gnuane)

  1. a gnu or wildebeest (large antelope)

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse gnúa. Cognate with Icelandic núa.

VerbEdit

gnu (present tense gnur, past tense gnudde, past participle gnudd/gnutt, passive infinitive gnuast, present participle gnuande, imperative gnu)

  1. (transitive) to rub hard
  2. (transitive) to compress, crush
  3. (intransitive) to work hard and evenly
  4. (intransitive) to nag

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AnagramsEdit


PolishEdit

 
Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɡnu/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -u
  • Syllabification: gnu

NounEdit

gnu n (indeclinable)

  1. gnu

Further readingEdit

  • gnu in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • gnu in Polish dictionaries at PWN

PortugueseEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

gnu m (plural gnus)

  1. gnu

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French gnou.

NounEdit

gnu m (uncountable)

  1. gnu, wildebeest

DeclensionEdit


WestrobothnianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare Old Norse gnýr (clash, din) and gnyðr (murmur).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ŋʉ́ː], [ɡ̊ɳʉ́ː] (example of pronunciation)
    Rhymes: -ʉ́ː

NounEdit

gnu n (definite singular gnue)

  1. roaring, rumbling

Alternative formsEdit

VerbEdit

gnu

  1. singular present of gnuu
  2. singular imperative of gnuu