MandarinEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • lai (nonstandard)

PronunciationEdit

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RomanizationEdit

lái (lai2, Zhuyin ㄌㄞˊ)

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VietnameseEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Probably from Old Chinese (OC *lˤajʔ) (B-S) (SV: đà).

VerbEdit

lái ()

  1. (vehicles) to control; to drive, to ride, to pilot, etc.
    lái xeto drive a car
  2. (informal) to digress, to sidetrack, or to put one's own spin on
Usage notesEdit

NounEdit

lái

  1. steering wheel; steering control
  2. (colloquial) Short for lái xe (driver) or lái đò (boatman).
  3. (colloquial) used to refer to a merchant or trader

Etymology 2Edit

Likely from Sino-Tibetan. Compare Chinese (MC ȵiɪH).

Alternative formsEdit

NumeralEdit

lái

  1. (probably obsolete, chiefly pig traders' cant) two

See alsoEdit

(numerals in pig traders' cant) số đếm trong tiếng lóng lái lợn; chách (one), lái/nái (two), thâm (three), chớ (four), kẹo (five), mục (six), khắp/hấp (seven), bét (eight), khươm/khơm (nine), nạp/lạp (ten), (Category: vi:Numerals in pig traders' cant)