Cebuano

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Etymology

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From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *qari-mauŋ. Cognates with Tagalog halimaw, Malay harimau.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /haˈlimaw/, [hɐˈl̪i.mɐʊ̯]
  • Rhymes: -imaw
  • Hyphenation: ha‧li‧maw

Noun

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halimaw (Badlit spelling ᜑᜎᜒᜋᜏ᜔)

  1. monster
    Synonyms: aliwas, amaw, mangtas

Tagalog

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Brunei Malay harimau, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *qari-maquŋ. Possibly also from Tamil அரிமா (arimā, lion). Compare Ilocano ulimaw, Kapampangan ulimo, Cebuano halimaw, and Maranao arimaw.

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Noun

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halimaw (Baybayin spelling ᜑᜎᜒᜋᜏ᜔)

  1. beast; monster; ferocious animal
    Synonym: ganid
  2. (figurative) brutal person; beast-like person
    Synonym: hayop
  3. (colloquial) very talented or intelligent person
    Halimaw si Bryan, dahil marunong siya ng hindi kumulang sa limang wika.
    Bryan is a brilliant person, since he knows no less than five languages.
  4. (archaic) lion
    Synonym: leon
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Adjective

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halimaw (Baybayin spelling ᜑᜎᜒᜋᜏ᜔)

  1. ferocious; bestially cruel
    Synonyms: malupit, makahayop, ganid, mamaw

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