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See also: Kai, kài, kāi, kǎi, -kai, ka'i, και, and καί

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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Maori kai, from Proto-Polynesian *kai, from Proto-Oceanic [Term?], from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kaən, from Proto-Austronesian *kaən.

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)

NounEdit

kai (uncountable)

  1. (New Zealand, informal) food
    • 1995, Graeme Williams, The soc.culture.new-zealand FAQ
      Actually, I'm not sure I like these new hangis using the foil, it tends to stop the juices getting through to the stones and I reckon the hangi kai is drier to the palate.
    • 2003, "RK", Maori TV (on newsgroup nz.general)
      i.e. they'll spend the first four hours enthusiastic as can be, then get bored, want some kai, go down to the local fish and chip shop & bottle store & spend the rest of the episode telling drunken stories of how they used to steal from the "pakeha that owned the store on the corner" and about days spent down at the social welfare office.
    • 2003, "Carmen", Is there really a censor in NZ?! (on newsgroup nz.general)
      Got to go now and get some kai.

AnagramsEdit


EstonianEdit

EtymologyEdit

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NounEdit

kai (genitive kai, partitive kaid)

  1. quay

DeclensionEdit


FaroeseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Danish kaj, from Old French kay, cail (modern French quai), from Gaulish cagiíum (enclosure), from Proto-Celtic *kagyom (pen, enclosure) (compare Welsh cae (hedge)).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

kai f (genitive singular kaiar, plural kaiir)

  1. (colloquial) quay

DeclensionEdit

Declension of kai
f2 singular plural
indefinite definite indefinite definite
nominative kai kaiin kaiir kaiirnar
accusative kai kaiina kaiir kaiirnar
dative kai kaiini kaium kaiunum
genitive kaiar kaiarinnar kaia kaianna

SynonymsEdit


FinnishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɑi̯/, [ˈkɑi̯]
  • Rhymes: -ɑi
  • Hyphenation: kai

AdverbEdit

kai

  1. probably
  2. maybe, perhaps

AnagramsEdit


Guinea-Bissau CreoleEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Portuguese cair. Cognates with Kabuverdianu kai.

VerbEdit

kai

  1. to fall

HausaEdit

PronounEdit

kai

  1. you (2nd person singular pronoun)

HawaiianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Polynesian [Term?] (compare Maori tai), from Proto-Oceanic [Term?] (compare Fijian tai), from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *tasik.

NounEdit

kai

  1. sea
    i kaitowards the sea
    makaion the seaside, toward the sea, in the direction of the sea
    o kaiof the lowland, of the sea, seaward
    nā kānaka o kaishore dwellers
  2. salt water
  3. seaside, area near the sea, lowlands
  4. tide, current in the sea
  5. gravy, sauce, dressing, soup, broth

See alsoEdit

VerbEdit

kai

  1. (stative) to be insipid, brackish, tasteless

InterjectionEdit

kai

  1. my, how much!; how very! how terrific!
    kai ka nani!how beautiful!
    kai ke kolohe!oh, how mischievous!

See alsoEdit


JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

kai

  1. Rōmaji transcription of かい

KabuverdianuEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Portuguese cair.

VerbEdit

kai

  1. to fall

KarajáEdit

PronounEdit

kai

  1. you, second-person singular pronoun

Usage notesEdit

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Michael Dunn, Gender determined dialect variation, in The Expression of Gender (edited by Greville G. Corbett)
  • David Lee Fortune, Gramática Karajá: um Estudo Preliminar em Forma Transformacional

KarelianEdit

AdverbEdit

kai

  1. all

LithuanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Balto-Slavic *koi; compare Old Prussian kāi (when), Latvian kâ(i) (when), Old Church Slavonic цѣ (, and also, besides), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷoi; compare Ancient Greek ποῖ (poî, whereto). Perhaps ultimately the locative of Proto-Indo-European *kʷos, kʷis (question particle); see kas (what). Also, compare with tai (that).[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • (conjunction): IPA(key): /kɐɪˑ/
  • (particle): IPA(key): /kɐɪ/

ConjunctionEdit

kaĩ

  1. (in relative clauses) when, while, as

ParticleEdit

kai (unstressed)

  1. (in conjunction with interrogative words) some, a certain (suggesting the complement is a known entity, but withheld)
    kai kàs - (a certain) something
    Àš táu kai ką̃ turiù - I have something for you.
    kai kadà - sometimes, in some cases

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2015) Etymological Dictionary of the Baltic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 13), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 217

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

kai

  1. Nonstandard spelling of kāi.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of kǎi.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of kài.

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.

MaoriEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Polynesian *kai, from Proto-Oceanic *kani, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kaən, from Proto-Austronesian *kaən.

VerbEdit

kai (passive form kainga)

  1. to eat (consume)

NounEdit

kai

  1. food

Related termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • English: kai

North FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian kēi. Cognates include West Frisian kaai.

NounEdit

kai m (plural kaier)

  1. (Föhr-Amrum) key

Norwegian BokmålEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Old French kay, cail (modern French quai), from Gaulish cagiíum (enclosure), from Proto-Celtic *kagyom (pen, enclosure) (compare Welsh cae (hedge)).

NounEdit

kai m, f (definite singular kaia or kaien, indefinite plural kaier, definite plural kaiene)

  1. quay, wharf, dock

Derived termsEdit


Norwegian NynorskEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Old French kay, cail (modern French quai), from Gaulish cagiíum (enclosure), from Proto-Celtic *kagyom (pen, enclosure) (compare Welsh cae (hedge)).

NounEdit

kai f, m (definite singular kaia or kaien, indefinite plural kaier or kaiar, definite plural kaiene or kaiane)

  1. quay, wharf, dock

Derived termsEdit


PapiamentuEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Portuguese cair and Spanish caer and Kabuverdianu kai.

VerbEdit

kai

  1. to fall

Rapa NuiEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Polynesian *kai, from Proto-Oceanic [Term?], from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kaən, from Proto-Austronesian *kaən.

VerbEdit

kai

  1. to eat (consume)

NounEdit

kai

  1. food

Derived termsEdit

AdverbEdit

kai

  1. not

Southeastern TepehuanEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Uto-Aztecan *kapsi.

NounEdit

kai (plural kaakai)

  1. thigh

Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Cognate with Northern Tepehuan káídɨ, O'odham kai.

NounEdit

kai

  1. seed

Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

kai

  1. preterite form of kaayaꞌ

ReferencesEdit

  • Willett, Elizabeth, et al. (2016) Diccionario tepehuano de Santa María Ocotán, Durango (Serie de vocabularios y diccionarios indígenas “Mariano Silva y Aceves”; 48)‎[1], electronic edition, Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, A.C., page 100

SundaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

kai

  1. Romanization of ᮊᮄ

Tok PisinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Oceanic [Term?], from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kaən, from Proto-Austronesian *kaən.

VerbEdit

kai

  1. (transitive) to eat (consume)

NounEdit

kai

  1. food

See alsoEdit


TonganEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Polynesian *kai, from Proto-Oceanic [Term?], from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kaən, from Proto-Austronesian *kaən.

NounEdit

kai

  1. food

VerbEdit

kai

  1. To eat

TuvaluanEdit

AdverbEdit

kai

  1. ever