Vietnamese edit

Etymology edit

Sino-Vietnamese word from (inside). A woman once married is considered belonging to a different family, hence the "inside" father's side and "outside" mother's side.

Pronunciation edit

Preposition edit


  1. emphasizing the mere something
    Nội việc rửa bát mày còn làm chẳng được!
    You can't even wash the mere dishes properly!

Adjective edit


  1. belonging to the father's side of the family
    bên nộithe paternal side (of the family)
    cháu nộia paternal grandchild
    quê nộifather's birthplace (and/or where his ancestors have lived for generations)
    • 2005, Nguyễn Ngọc Tư, “Nhớ sông”, in Cánh đồng bất tận, Nhà xuất bản Trẻ:
      Ba sẽ bán chiếc ghe nầy, về quê nội mua một miếng đất, rồi ba với con Thuỷ cuốc đất trồng rau, có gì ăn nấy.
      I will sell this junk, return to the village of my (paternal) ancestors to buy a plot of land, and Thuỷ and I will hoe that land to grow vegetables and live from whatever we can grow.

Derived terms edit

Noun edit


  1. (Southern Vietnam, colloquial) a paternal grandparent
    Nội ơi! Để con nhổ tóc bạc cho nội nha!
    (Paternal) Grandpa/Grandma! Let me pull out your gray hair!
  2. (historical) court; imperial palace

See also edit