See also: meü and MEU

English Edit

Etymology 1 Edit

 
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Meu

From Latin mēum (umbelliferous plant, Meum athamanticum), from Ancient Greek μῆον (mêon), probably from μεῖον (meîon, lesser) for its small size. The English form came perhaps via Middle French meu, a word with a single isolated attestation from the 14th century which only began to appear consistently from 1568, by which time the word was established in English.[1]

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Pronunciation Edit

Noun Edit

meu (uncountable)

  1. Meum athamanticum, a European herb.
    Synonyms: meon, meum, baldmoney, spignel, bearwort
Translations Edit

References Edit

Etymology 2 Edit

Borrowed from Fon mɛ̀wú (meu).

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Noun Edit

meu (plural meus)

  1. (historical) The second minister of the Kingdom of Dahomey.
    Coordinate term: migan

References Edit

  1. ^ meu, n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.

Anagrams Edit

Aromanian Edit

Alternative forms Edit

Etymology Edit

From Latin meus, from Proto-Italic *meos. Compare Romanian meu.

Pronoun Edit

meu m (feminine mea or meaea, masculine plural mei, feminine plural meali or meale)

  1. my; first-person masculine singular possessive pronoun

Usage notes Edit

Always preceded by 'a'- "a meu".

Related terms Edit

See also Edit

Catalan Edit

Etymology 1 Edit

Inherited from Old Catalan meu, from Latin meum, from Proto-Italic *meos. The feminine form was mia in Old Catalan, but this was extended to meva or meua by analogy with the masculine form. This happened because the -u was not understood as a masculine ending anymore, having been lost in nouns (unlike Spanish, Portuguese and Italian -o).

The weak possessive mon is also from Latin meum, but as an unstressed monosyllabic form.

Pronunciation Edit

Pronoun Edit

meu (feminine meva or meua, masculine plural meus, feminine plural meves or meues)

  1. my, mine
Usage notes Edit
  • When preceding a noun, meu is always preceded by the appropriate definite article.
    el meu gosmy dog
  • Also used after some prepositions:
    dins meuinside me
    davant meuin front of me
Declension Edit
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Etymology 2 Edit

Pronunciation Edit

Noun Edit

meu m (plural meus)

  1. (2016 spelling reform) Alternative form of mèu (meow)

Etymology 3 Edit

Borrowed from Latin mēum.

Pronunciation Edit

Noun Edit

meu m (plural meus)

  1. baldmoney, spignel

Further reading Edit

Galician Edit

Etymology Edit

Inherited from Old Galician-Portuguese meu, from Latin meus.

Pronunciation Edit

Pronoun Edit

meu m (masculine singular meu, masculine plural meus, feminine singular miña, feminine plural miñas)

  1. (possessive) my
    Este é o meu cocheThis is my car
  2. (possessive) mine
    Este coche é meuThis car is mine

Interjection Edit

meu

  1. man; dude; pal; bro
    Éche o que hai, meu. Hai que roeloThings are like that, bro. You must face it
    Meu! Fixéchelo!Dude! You did it!

See also Edit

References Edit

  • meu” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006–2022.
  • meu” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006–2018.
  • meu” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006–2022.
  • meu” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • meu” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

Further reading Edit

Ligurian Edit

Etymology Edit

From Ancient Greek μῶλος (môlos), μόλος (mólos), itself from Latin mōlēs.

Pronunciation Edit

Noun Edit

meu m (invariable)

  1. jetty, pier, mole
    • 1984, “Sidón”, in Fabrizio De André (lyrics), Mauro Pagani (music), Crêuza de mâ [Muletrack by the sea], performed by Fabrizio De André:
      E dòpp'i færi in gôa, i færi da prixón / e 'nte ferîe a seménsa velenóza da deportaçión / perché de nòstro, da-a cianûa a-o meu / no peu ciù crésce ni èrbo, ni spîga, ni figeu
      And after the iron in the throat, the iron of the prison, and the poisonous seed of deportation inside the wounds, because no tree, or spike, or boy of ours is allowed to grow any longer, from the plain to the pier

Old Catalan Edit

Etymology Edit

From Latin meum.

Adjective Edit

meu (feminine mia, masculine plural meus, feminine plural mies)

  1. my, mine
    Synonym: mon

Descendants Edit

  • Catalan: meu

Old French Edit

Alternative forms Edit

  • meü (diaereses not universally used in transcriptions of Old French)

Verb Edit

meu

  1. past participle of movoir

Portuguese Edit

Etymology Edit

From Old Galician-Portuguese meu, from Latin meus, from Proto-Italic *meos.

Pronunciation Edit

  • Hyphenation: meu
  • (file)

Determiner Edit

meu (feminine minha, masculine plural meus, feminine plural minhas)

  1. First-person singular possessive pronoun.
    1. pertaining or belonging to me; my
      o meu computadormy computer
    2. that serves or interests me; my
      o meu carromy car
    3. introduced by me; my
      o herói da minha históriathe hero of my story
    4. merited by me; my
      ainda não recebi o meu dinheiroI still haven't received my money

Quotations Edit

For quotations using this term, see Citations:meu.

Pronoun Edit

meu (feminine minha, masculine plural meus, feminine plural minhas)

  1. mine (belonging to me, pertaining to me, serving me, relating to me, etc.; corresponding to any of the above definitions)

Interjection Edit

meu!

  1. (Portugal, Brazil, slang, chiefly São Paulo) hey; oi (used vocatively to draw someone’s attention)
  2. (Brazil, slang) whoa (used to express surprise)

(Portugal) Dude

Quotations Edit

For quotations using this term, see Citations:meu.

See also Edit

Possessee
Singular Plural
Masculine Feminine Masculine Feminine
Possessor Singular First person meu minha meus minhas
Second person teu tua teus tuas
Third person seu sua seus suas
Plural First person nosso nossa nossos nossas
Second person vosso vossa vossos vossas
Third person seu sua seus suas
See also: Appendix:Possessive#Portuguese


Romanian Edit

Alternative forms Edit

  • meŭ (old orthography)

Etymology Edit

Inherited from Latin meus, from Proto-Italic *meos.

Pronunciation Edit

Determiner Edit

meu m or n (feminine singular mea, masculine plural mei, feminine and neuter plural mele)

  1. (genitive form of eu used as a possessive determiner) my

Declension Edit

Pronoun Edit

meu m or n

  1. (preceded by "al") mine

See also Edit

Sardinian Edit

Etymology Edit

From Latin meus.

Pronunciation Edit

Pronoun Edit

meu (plural meos, feminine mea, feminine plural meas)

  1. my, mine

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Sassarese Edit

Pronunciation Edit

Determiner Edit

meu (feminine singular mea, plural mei)

  1. Alternative form of méiu
    • 1989, Giovanni Maria Cherchi, “Turrendi a bidda mea [Going back to my town]”, in La poesia di l'althri (overall work in Italian and Sassarese), Sassari: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, page 89:
      E canti volthi, o bidda mea natiba,
      soggu giuntu a zirchà
      da te li cosi mei chi v’aggiu pessu
      And how many times, o native town of mine, have I come to you looking for the things that I have lost here
    • 2020 March 25, Ignazio Sanna, “Di nomme fozzu Asdrubale [My name is Asdrubale]”, in Ignazio Sanna - Prosa e poesia in sassarese[1]:
      Lu méu nascimèntu l’abìa dinunziaddu sóru in municipiu
      She [my mother] declared my birth only at the register office

Pronoun Edit

meu m (feminine singular mea, masculine and feminine plural mei)

  1. Alternative form of méiu

References Edit

  • Rubattu, Antoninu (2006) Dizionario universale della lingua di Sardegna, 2nd edition, Sassari: Edes

Zou Edit

 
Meu.

Etymology Edit

Onomatopoeic. Compare Khumi Chin mibawi and Chinese (māo).

Noun Edit

meu

  1. cat (Felis catus)

References Edit

  • Lukram Himmat Singh (2013) A Descriptive Grammar of Zou, Canchipur: Manipur University, page 65