See also: meü and MEU

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

 
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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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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

meu (uncountable)

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

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from Fon mɛ̀wú (meu).

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NounEdit

meu (plural meus)

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

ReferencesEdit

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

AnagramsEdit


AromanianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronounEdit

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

  1. my; first-person masculine singular possessive pronoun

Usage notesEdit

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

Related termsEdit

See alsoEdit


CatalanEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Catalan meu, from Latin meus, 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 meus, meum, but as an unstressed monosyllabic form.

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

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

  1. my, mine
Usage notesEdit
  • 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
DeclensionEdit
See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

meu m (plural meus)

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

Further readingEdit

  • “meu” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

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

InterjectionEdit

meu

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • meu” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • meu” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • meu” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • 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.

LigurianEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

meu m (invariable)

  1. jetty, pier, mole
    • 1984, Fabrizio De André (lyrics), Mauro Pagani (music), “Sidón”, in 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 CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin meum.

AdjectiveEdit

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

  1. my, mine
    Synonym: mon

DescendantsEdit

  • Catalan: meu

Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

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

VerbEdit

meu

  1. past participle of movoir

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

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

  1. First-person singular possessive pronoun.
    1. Pertaining or belonging to me; my; mine.
      O meu computador.
    2. That serves or interests me; my; mine.
      O meu ônibus.
    3. Introduced by me; my.
      O herói da minha história.
    4. Merited by me; my.
      Ainda não recebi o meu dinheiro.

QuotationsEdit

For quotations using this term, see Citations:meu.

See alsoEdit

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


InterjectionEdit

meu!

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

QuotationsEdit

For quotations using this term, see Citations:meu.


RomanianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • meŭ (old orthography)

EtymologyEdit

From Latin meus, from Proto-Italic *meos.

PronunciationEdit

DeterminerEdit

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

DeclensionEdit

PronounEdit

meu m or n

  1. (preceded by "al") mine

See alsoEdit


SardinianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin meus.

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

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

  1. my, mine

Related termsEdit


ZouEdit

 
Meu.

EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

meu

  1. cat (Felis catus)

ReferencesEdit

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