köszön

HungarianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably from a Turkic language.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ ˈkøsøn]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: kö‧szön
  • Rhymes: -øn

VerbEdit

köszön

  1. (transitive) to thank (someone -nak/-nek for something -t/-ot/-at/-et/-öt)
    Köszönök nektek mindent![I] Thank you guys for everything!
  2. (intransitive) to greet (someone -nak/-nek), to say hello
    Köszönök nektek.I greet you.

Usage notesEdit

As shown in the examples, the only grammatical clue to decide the meaning of the verb in a given sentence (aside from context) is to check whether it has an object (the thing being thanked for, indirect object in English), even if it is indefinite or implicit (as in köszönöm, indicated by the definite conjugation).

ConjugationEdit

Derived termsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zaicz, Gábor. Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete (’Dictionary of Etymology: The origin of Hungarian words and affixes’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, →ISBN

Further readingEdit

  • köszön in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh: A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962.