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EtymologyEdit

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PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

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

  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.
    • 2005, Shivery, Jake, “Why Hu would be a nice word to have”, in hupronoun.org[3], retrieved 2011-10-31:
      As previously mentioned, this can be faintly disenchanting, particularly to someone who feels that hu is already well spoken.
    • 2007 November 29, Epstein, Mikhail, “hu”, in International Society for Universal Dialog[4]:
      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[5], 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[6], Owlworks, ISBN 978-1934084021, 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[7]:
      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[8]:
      If hu doesn't do hu homework, I will fail hu.

HyponymsEdit

Derived termsEdit

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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 Amon (2007) Twi-English/English-Twi Dictionary. New York: Hippocrene Books. ISBN 978-0-7818-0264-2

AlbanianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

hu m (indefinite plural hunj, definite singular huri)

  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.

DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse hugr

InterjectionEdit

hu

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

NounEdit

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

  1. inclination, sympathy

Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

hu

  1. imperative of hue

EsperantoEdit

InterjectionEdit

hu

  1. oh, ooh, oof, wow (indicating surprise or another strong emotion)

GermanEdit

InterjectionEdit

hu

  1. an exclamation of feeling cold

Further readingEdit

  • hu in Duden online

KriolEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English who.

PronounEdit

hu

  1. (interrogative) who

Lower SorbianEdit

PrepositionEdit

hu (with genitive)

  1. Obsolete spelling of wu

MalteseEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic هُوَ (huwa)

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

hu

  1. he

InflectionEdit


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 and dative of gi

Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

  1. how

ConjunctionEdit

  1. how

DescendantsEdit


Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Onomatopoeia.

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


WestrobothnianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse hón.

PronunciationEdit

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

PronoununEdit

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
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