English edit

Etymology edit

In Scottish use, from Scots naw, naa, na, from Middle English na, from Old English (no, never). More generally, a colloquial, unarticulated form of no; compare nah. More at no.

Pronunciation edit

Interjection edit

naw

  1. (informal) No.
    • 2003, Anton F. Bilek, Tony Bilek, Gene O'Connell, No Uncle Sam: The Forgotten of Bataan, Kent State University Press, →ISBN, page 31:
      "Naw, no trouble. Just pulled off the road for about ten minutes, maybe, when a couple of Nip fighters banked overhead. They were after something or other." "Is that right?" Mac replied.
    • 2012, Alex Gray, A Pound of Flesh:
      'Naw, hen, sorry. Ye're too young for us. Come back when you've got a couple mair years under yer belt, eh?'
    • 2012 November 1, Brenda Hampton, Naughty No More, Urban Books, →ISBN:
      Naw, no thanks. I'll catch you next time.” “Come on, Shane. All you do is work, work, and work. You need to have a little fun, don't you?” “Right now, I'm having a lot of fun. Trust me.” “Do you have company?” “No, I'm painting.”
  2. (Jamaica) Pronunciation spelling of not.

Translations edit

See also edit

Anagrams edit

Cornish edit

Cornish cardinal numbers
 <  8 9 10  > 
    Cardinal : naw
    Ordinal : nawves

Etymology edit

From Proto-Brythonic *naw, from Proto-Celtic *nawan, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁néwn̥.

Numeral edit

naw

  1. nine

Jamaican Creole edit

Etymology edit

Probably from English naw or Scots naw.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈnɑː/, /ˈnɔː/
  • Hyphenation: naw

Adverb edit

naw

  1. not
    No one naw cuss. No shot naw buss.
    There isn't any fighting. There aren't any shots being fired.
    (literally, “No one not fight. No bullet not fire.”)
    Nutten naw gwaan, Rayman.
    There aren't any opportunities, Raymond.
    (literally, “Nothing not going on, Raymond”)
    • 1990, Frances Gray, Women at the Albany Empire, →ISBN, page 62:
      “WINSTON: If she tink me ah guh sign any paper and guh to any backside Court she bettah tink again
      PARKIE: Suh you
      naw guh see your wife and sort dis ting out? []
      WINSTON: If she thinks I'm going to sign any papers and go to some damned courthouse, she has another thing coming.
      PARKIE: Well, aren't you and your wife going to work this thing out? []

Particle edit

naw

  1. no
    A: A you tief mi sweetie. B: Naw, a nuh me dweet.
    A: You stole my candy. B: No, I didn't do it.
    • 2012, Jason Stephenson, “Short Story - Stop And Stare”, in The Jamaica Gleaner[1] (in English):
      “"Naw, mi nuh know her ... Why?" []
      No, I don't know her ... Why? []

Maricopa edit

Noun edit

naw

  1. friend

Tarao edit

Noun edit

naw

  1. child

References edit

  • Chungkham Yashwanta Singh (2002) Tarao Grammar

Vurës edit

Etymology edit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun edit

naw

  1. sea
  2. salt
  3. wave

Further reading edit

Catriona Malau (2011-05-05) Dictionary of Vurës

Wakhi edit

Etymology edit

Cognate with Yagnobi нав (nav).

Numeral edit

naw

  1. nine

Welsh edit

Welsh numbers (edit)
90[a], [b], [c]
 ←  8 9 10  → [a], [b]
    Cardinal: naw
    Ordinal: nawfed
    Ordinal abbreviation: 9fed

Pronunciation edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Proto-Brythonic *naw, from Proto-Celtic *nowan, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁néwn̥.

Numeral edit

naw

  1. (cardinal number) nine
Derived terms edit

Etymology 2 edit

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb edit

naw

  1. Nasal mutation of daw.

Mutation edit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
daw ddaw naw unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References edit

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “naw”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies

Whitesands edit

Noun edit

naw

  1. knife

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