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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Possibly derived from a Celtic language.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /næn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æn

NounEdit

nan (plural nans)

  1. (Britain, affectionate) A grandmother.
    We had my nan over for Christmas dinner.
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

See at naan.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

nan (plural nans)

  1. Alternative spelling of naan

AnagramsEdit


AcehneseEdit

NounEdit

nan

  1. name (word or phrase indicating a particular person, place, class or thing)

ReferencesEdit


Franco-ProvençalEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (Savoyard dialect) IPA(key): /ˈnɑ/
  • (Bressan dialect) IPA(key): /ˈnɔ̃/

InterjectionEdit

nan

  1. no

AntonymsEdit

AdverbEdit

nan

  1. no

AntonymsEdit


FrenchEdit

AdverbEdit

nan

  1. (informal) nah, nope

SynonymsEdit

  • non (standard French)

Haitian CreoleEdit

ArticleEdit

nan

  1. the (definite article)

Usage notesEdit

This word is used only when the preceding word is singular and ends with a nasal consonant.

See alsoEdit

PrepositionEdit

nan

  1. in

InterlingueEdit

AdjectiveEdit

nan

  1. dwarf

JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

nan

  1. Rōmaji transcription of なん

KurdishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Persian LHMA (nān, bread, food)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

nan m

  1. bread
  2. food

SynonymsEdit

VerbEdit

nan

  1. to fuck, to copulate, to have sex with

Lower SorbianEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

nan m (diminutive nancycko)

  1. father

DeclensionEdit

Coordinate termsEdit


MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

nan (Zhuyin ˙ㄋㄢ)

  1. Nonstandard spelling of nān.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of nán.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of nǎn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of nàn.

Usage notesEdit

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Old EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

From ne (not) +‎ ān (one)

DeterminerEdit

nān

  1. no; not a, not one, not any
    nān mann
    no one (literally "no person")
    nān þing
    nothing
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, Extracts on Grammar in English
      Þæt word willan næfþ nān bebēodendlīċ, for þām þe se willa sċeal bēon ǣfre frī.
      The word 'to want' has no imperative, because the will must always be free.

PronounEdit

nān

  1. no one, nobody; none
    Ūre nān ne mæġ þā tōweardnesse fōrecweðan.
    None of us can predict the future.

DeclensionEdit


PapiamentuEdit

EtymologyEdit

The third person plural pronoun nan (they) and the overall plural noun suffix -nan are unique for Papiamentu and cannot be found in any other language. According to Clements and Parkvall the pronoun nan and it's derived suffix -nan were introduced into the language just in the 1700s because of the grown need for a plural marking. Apparently before the introduction the need for a plural marking was not felt. Just like in other South American languages the suffix originated in the form "kas-nan" literally "house-they" (ac Lenz).

Compare the Curripaco Arawak suffix -na and the Dutch suffix -en.

Searches are being undertaken to find the African connections with the words "iran", "ene", "na", "nan", "inen" and "ane" in the languages Bini, Kwa, Anabonese, Bantu, Kimbundu, Angolar, Edo and Saotome in the African countries of Sao Tomé, Angola and Nigeria (see Bartens and Schuchardt). All very improbably.

PronounEdit

nan

  1. they, third person plural
  2. their

Scottish GaelicEdit

ConjunctionEdit

nan

  1. if (subjunctive)
    Nan robh mi beartach, b'urrainn dhomh cheannaich taigh-mòr. - If I were rich, I could buy a mansion.
  2. whether (subjunctive)
    Biodh gràdh agam air fhathast nan robh e beartach neo bochd. - I would still love him whether he were rich or poor.

Usage notesEdit

  • Before words beginning with b, f, m or p, the form nam is used instead.
  • Only used in the conditional tense, otherwise ma is used.
  • The negative form is mura.

PrepositionEdit

nan

  1. in their
    Bha iad nan cadal. - They were sleeping (literally They were in their sleep).

Usage notesEdit

  • Before words beginning with b, f, m or p, the form nam is used instead.

ArticleEdit

nan

  1. the

Usage notesEdit

  • This form is used in the genitive plural.
  • Before words beginning with b, f, m or p, the form nam is used instead.

See alsoEdit


Upper SorbianEdit

 
Upper Sorbian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia hsb

NounEdit

nan m

  1. father

DeclensionEdit


VietnameseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Equivalent to the noun derivative of đan (to weave).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

nan

  1. bamboo tape (for basketwork); bamboo slat (of a paper fan)

WolofEdit

AdverbEdit

nan

  1. (interrogative) how

See alsoEdit


ZazakiEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare Middle Persian LHMA (nān, bread, food)

NounEdit

nan ?

  1. bread
  2. food