EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Clipping of human, first offered for usage by Mikhail Epstein, professor of cultural theory at Emory University (in 2003).[1]

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

hu (third-person singular, nominative case, reflexive huself) (epicene)

  1. (neologism) they (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular subject pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns he and she.
    • 2002 January 3, McMahon, Bryan T., quoting Sasha Newborn, “A terrible book”, in The Ponchatoula Times[1], page 7:
      Hu is fond of enigmas, of conundrums, of hieroglyphics; exhibiting in hus solutions of each and all a degree of acumen which appears to the ordinary apprehension preternatural.
    • 2003 October 14, Epstein, Mikhail, “"Hu," from "human," as a gender-neutral pronoun”, in , Usenet[2], message-ID <f732cdb7.0310141153.6c715df8@posting.google.com>:
      When the lecturer arrives, hu will be speaking on the topic of anonymity.
    • 2007 November 29, Epstein, Mikhail, “hu”, in International Society for Universal Dialog[3]:
      It's the vice-president's job to support the president and take hus place when hu is away.
    • 2008 March, Hitz, Christoph, “Hu, Me?”, in Mother Jones[4], ISSN 0362-8841:
      Maybe, but if his/herstory's any guide, hu has hu work cut out for hu.
  2. (neologism) them (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular object pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns him and her.
    • 2006, Anderson, Perry; Burgess, Glenn, DeLuna, D. N., editor, The Political Imagination in History: Essays Concerning J.G.A. Pocock[5], Owlworks, →ISBN, page 175:
      One of his favorite metaphors for the historian, drawn from the "Preface" to Hegel's Philosophy of Right, likens hu to the owl of Minerva, whose flight at dusk provided the setting for mature reflection on the day that had passed.
  3. (neologism) their (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular possessive adjective, coordinate with his and her.
    • 2006 October 1, “He said, she said, hu said”, in Los Angeles Times[6]:
      Now, however, the editorial writer has a new weapon in hu arsenal.
    • 2006 November 17, Kyff, Rob, “Hu Joins Heesh As Neutral Pronoun”, in Hartford Courant[7]:
      If hu doesn't do hu homework, I will fail hu.

HyponymsEdit

Derived termsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

AnagramsEdit


AbauEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hu

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • transnewguinea.org, citing D. C. Laycock, Languages of the Lumi Subdistrict (West Sepik District), New Guinea (1968), Oceanic Linguistics, 7 (1): 36-66

AkanEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

hu

  1. to see
  2. to discern, to descry, to find

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kotey, Paul A. (1998). Twi-English/English-Twi Dictionary. New York: Hippocrene Books. →ISBN

AlbanianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Albanian *skuna, from *skun-o- (compare Norwegian/Faroese skon (snout)), from Proto-Indo-European *skewd-.[1] More at hedh.

NounEdit

hu m (indefinite plural hunj, definite singular huri, definite plural hunjtë)

  1. wooden post, fencepost
  2. stake, picket
  3. pole, stilt
  4. (colloquial) penis

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adam Hyllested, “Albanian hundë ‘nose’ and Faroese, SW Norwegian skon ‘snout’”, in Proceedings of the 23rd Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference (Bremen: Hempen, 2012), 73-81.

ChamorroEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *(i-)aku, from Proto-Austronesian *(i-)aku. Cognates include Javanese aku and Indonesian aku.

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

hu

  1. I

Usage notesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Donald M. Topping (1973) Chamorro Reference Grammar[9], Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

ChibchaEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hu

  1. Alternative form of bhu

ReferencesEdit

  • Gómez Aldana D. F., Análisis morfológico del Vocabulario 158 de la Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia. Grupo de Investigación Muysccubun. 2013.

DanishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse hugr, from Proto-Germanic *hugiz.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hu c (singular definite huen, not used in plural form)

  1. inclination, sympathy
  2. mind
Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

hu,2” in Den Danske Ordbog

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

hu

  1. imperative of hue

Etymology 3Edit

Onomatopoetic.

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

hu

  1. An expression of eeriness, horror or a very strong emotion

ReferencesEdit

hu,1” in Den Danske Ordbog


EsperantoEdit

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

hu

  1. oh, ooh, oof, wow (indicating surprise or another strong emotion)
    Hu...mi kredis, ke ĝi ne veras.
    Oh...I thought that wasn't true.

See alsoEdit


GermanEdit

InterjectionEdit

hu

  1. an exclamation of feeling cold

Further readingEdit

  • hu” in Duden online

HungarianEdit

EtymologyEdit

An onomatopoeia.

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

hu

  1. boo (a loud exclamation intended to scare someone, especially a child)
  2. ah, oh (use to express fright)
    Hu, de megijedtem!Ah, you startled me!
  3. ugh (used to express repugnance, disgust)
  4. hoot (cry of an owl; see huhog)

Further readingEdit

  • (frightening someone or expressing horror): hu in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN
  • (imitating a dog): hu in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN

KriolEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English who.

PronounEdit

hu

  1. (interrogative) who

Lower SorbianEdit

PrepositionEdit

hu (with genitive)

  1. Obsolete spelling of wu

MalteseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic هُوَ(huwa).

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

hu

  1. Alternative form of huwa

InflectionEdit

    Inflected forms of hu
positive huwa, hu
negative mhuwiex, mhux
possessive pronoun tiegħu
basic suffix -u, -h
direct object suffix -u, -h
indirect object suffix -lu

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

hu

  1. Nonstandard spelling of .
  2. Nonstandard spelling of .
  3. Nonstandard spelling of .
  4. Nonstandard spelling of .

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.

Middle DutchEdit

DeterminerEdit

hu

  1. Alternative spelling of u

PronounEdit

hu

  1. Alternative spelling of u; accusative/dative of gi

Middle EnglishEdit

PronounEdit

hu

  1. Alternative form of heo (she)

Norwegian BokmålEdit

Alternative formsEdit

PronounEdit

hu (accusative henne, genitive hennes)

  1. (Non-standard since 1959) she, (third person singular, feminine)

Norwegian NynorskEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse hon.

PronounEdit

hu

  1. (dialectal, nonstandard) alternative form of ho (she)

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse , originally onomatopoeic.

InterjectionEdit

hu

  1. Used to express discomfort.
  2. boo hoo
  3. hoot

ReferencesEdit


Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *hwō. Cognate with Old Frisian , Old Saxon (Dutch hoe), Old High German wuo.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

  1. how, in all senses, including:
    1. to what degree
      eald is þīn dohtor?
      How old is your daughter?
      miċel fēos hæfst þū mid þē?
      How much money do you have with you?
    2. in what manner
      sæġþ man þæt on Englisċ?
      How do you say that in English?
      færest þū?
      How are you? (Literally: "How are you faring?")
    3. in what state
      wæs þīn dæġ?
      How was your day?
      Þū canst Ælfrēd cyning? is hē?
      You know King Alfred? What is he like?
    4. used in exclamations
      hleahtorlīċ!
      How ridiculous!
      gōd hund!
      What a good dog!

DescendantsEdit

  • Middle English: how, hou, howe, hu, hwu, wou
    • English: how
      • Northumbrian: hoo
    • Scots: hoo, how, foo

ConjunctionEdit

  1. how, in all senses:
    1. in what manner
      Iċ leornode man wæġn ġebētt.
      I learned how to repair a wagon.
      Hīe āxodon hīe helpan meahten.
      They asked how they could help.
    2. that, the fact that (introducing direct statements)
      Iċ him sæġde iċ wǣre æt hām ealne dæġ and ne ġehīerde nāwiht.
      I told them how I'd been at home all day and hadn't heard a thing.
      Þæt is tō wundriġenne hīe þā bryċġe swā hrædlīċe ġefyldon.
      It's amazing how they completed the bridge so quickly.

DescendantsEdit


Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Onomatopoeic.

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

hu

  1. a shouting noise made when pursuing someone or something

NounEdit

hu m (oblique plural hus, nominative singular hus, nominative plural hu)

  1. commotion; racket (noisy situation)

ReferencesEdit


Old SaxonEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *hwō.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

hu

  1. how

ConjunctionEdit

hu

  1. how

SynonymsEdit


RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Onomatopoeic.

InterjectionEdit

hu

  1. hoot (cry made by an owl)

SumerianEdit

RomanizationEdit

hu

  1. Romanization of 𒄷 (ḫu)

WestrobothnianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse hón.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /hʉː/, /heʊ̯ː/, /hʊ/, /hœ/

PronounEdit

hu (accusative na or hänner, dative hänner or henar, genitive hännars or henars)

  1. she, it (third person singular, feminine)
Usage notesEdit

Hu is used to refer not only to feminine persons, but any feminine noun.

SynonymsEdit
See alsoEdit


Etymology 2Edit

Compare Norwegian Nynorsk ho, hoe

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hu f

  1. female

Etymology 3Edit

From Old Norse húð, from Proto-Germanic *hūdiz, from Proto-Indo-European *kuHtis.

NounEdit

hu f

  1. hide; pelt
Related termsEdit

ZouEdit

 
Hu.

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Kuki-Chin *khuu, from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *kəw-n/t. Cognates include Chinese (hūn) and Burmese ခိုး (hkui:).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hu

  1. steam

ReferencesEdit

  • Lukram Himmat Singh (2013) A Descriptive Grammar of Zou, Canchipur: Manipur University, page 40