miñaxoia

GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Attested since 1750. From miña +‎ xoia, "my jewel".

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

miñaxoia m or f (plural miñaxoias)

  1. (endearing or patronizing) poor thing
    • 1807, Anonymous, Primeiro diálogo dos esterqueiros:
      ¡miña xoia! aquel Señor non berraba con ninguén, dabame sempre e decote una gran cunca de caldo, ou bo taliso de pan, e moitas veces un trago. ¡Aquel si que xa era Amo!
      Poor thing! that sir would argue with not one; he'll give me always and daily a large bowl of broth, or a good piece of bread, and frequently a swig. That was a lord!
    Synonyms: coitado, pobriño
  2. (figuratively, ironically) mean person

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