See also: hŵy and hwy.

EnglishEdit

NounEdit

hwy (plural hwys)

  1. Abbreviation of highway.

Alternative formsEdit

Related termsEdit

  • ewy (expressway)
  • fwy (freeway)

AnagramsEdit


Old EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From a presumed earlier *hwīe, from West Germanic *hwiu, from Proto-Germanic *hwī (with what), to which the more common instrumental ending * had been added. Cognate with Old High German hwiu (instrumental case of hwaz).

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

hwȳ

  1. why

PronounEdit

hwȳ

  1. instrumental singular of hwā
  2. instrumental singular of hwæt

DescendantsEdit

  • Middle English: why

See alsoEdit


SuyáEdit

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Northern Jê *py (achiote) < Proto-Cerrado *pyj’ (achiote).

NounEdit

hwy

  1. achiote

TapayunaEdit

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Northern Jê *py (achiote) < Proto-Cerrado *pyj’ (achiote).

NounEdit

hwy

  1. achiote

WelshEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Welsh wy, from Proto-Celtic *eyes, plural of *es, from Proto-Indo-European *éy. Cognate with Breton i(nt) and Irish ia(d).

The initial h- is from the final -nt of verbs having the allophone -nnh- between vowels (e.g. gwelant wy “they see” > /gwelannhwy/ > gwelan(t) hwy); the colloquial form nhw formed by the same process.

PronounEdit

hwy

  1. (literary) they; them.
Alternative formsEdit
Usage notesEdit

Hwy is exclusively Literary Welsh. Colloquial Welsh uses nhw instead.

Etymology 2Edit

Proto-Celtic *sēyos, comparative of *sīros (for the same alteration compare *māros, comp. *māyos > Welsh mawr, comp. mwy).

AdjectiveEdit

hwy

  1. comparative degree of hir: longer
    Synonym: hirach

Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

hwy

  1. h-prothesized form of wy

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
wy unchanged unchanged hwy
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ReferencesEdit

R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “hwy”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies