AfrikaansEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Dutch haai, from Middle Dutch haeye.

NounEdit

haai (plural haaie)

  1. A shark.

Etymology 2Edit

Compare English hi.

InterjectionEdit

haai

  1. hi, hello

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɦaːi̯/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: haai
  • Rhymes: -aːi̯

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch haeye, from Old Norse há- (shark), with the /j/ appearing influenced by the declined forms /hajə(n)/. Probably from Proto-Germanic *hanh-u-, related to *hakô (hook), referring to the shark's back fin.[1] Cognate with Swedish haj, and German Hai.

 
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NounEdit

haai m (plural haaien, diminutive haaitje n)

 
Caribische rifhaai
Caribbean Reef Shark
  1. A shark, fish of the superorder Selachimorpha (sometimes also including certain extinct shark-like members of the Elasmobranchii outside this superorder)
  2. A ruthless person.
  3. A greedy person.
Derived termsEdit

- shark types and species:

DescendantsEdit
  • Afrikaans: haai
  • German: Hai
  • West Frisian: haai

Etymology 2Edit

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NounEdit

haai m (plural haaien, diminutive haaitje n)

  1. A tilted angle or strip.
  2. A blink, instant.

Etymology 3Edit

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criminal slang

AdjectiveEdit

haai (comparative haaier, superlative haaist)

  1. big, strong, firm; redoubted.
  2. smart, clever, crafty.
  3. fine, good.
Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ haai; in: M. Philippa e.a., "Etymologisch Woordenboek van het Nederlands"

West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

NounEdit

haai c (plural haaien, diminutive haaike)

  1. shark

Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • haai (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011