See also: Nun, nún, nùn, ñun, Nun., and ن

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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English nunne ‎(nun, priestess), from Late Latin nonna ‎(nun, tutor), originally (along with masculine form nonnus ‎(man)) a term of address for elderly persons, perhaps from children's speech, reminiscent of nana, like papa etc.

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NounEdit

nun ‎(plural nuns)

  1. A member of a Christian religious community of women who live by certain vows and usually wear a habit, in some cases living together in a cloister.
  2. By extension, member of a similar female community in other confessions.
  3. (archaic, British slang) A prostitute.[1]
    • 1770, Foote, Samuel, The Lame Lover[2], page 12:
      Then lend me your ear—Why last night, as Colonel Kill'em, Sir William Weezy, Lord Frederick Foretop, and I were carelessly sliding the Ranelagh round, picking our teeth, after a damn'd muzzy dinner at Boodle's, who should trip by but an abbess, well known about town, with a smart little nun in her suite.
    • 1881, Egan, Pierce, chapter 8, in Life in London[3], page 205:
      "I mean to inform you," answered the Oxonian, with a grin on his face, "that those three nymphs, who have so much dazzled your optics, are three nuns, and the plump female is Mother .... of great notoriety [...]"
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Etymology 2Edit

Ultimately from Proto-Semitic *nūn- ‎(fish).

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NounEdit

nun ‎(plural nuns)

  1. The fourteenth letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Farmer, John Stephen (1902) Slang and Its Analogues[1], volume 5, page 76
  • nun” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

AsturianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin nōn.

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. not, no (used to make negatives)

Etymology 2Edit

ContractionEdit

nun

  1. in a/an (contraction of en + un)

ChiricahuaEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • non (in older Americanist literature)

EtymologyEdit

Cognates: Navajo nooʼ, Western Apache non, noi, Plains Apache nǫǫ.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

nun

  1. grave, burial place
  2. cache

EsperantoEdit

EtymologyEdit

German nun.

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. now

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FalaEdit

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. Alternative form of non

GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From contraction of preposition en ‎(in) + masculine article un ‎(a, one)

ContractionEdit

nun m ‎(feminine nunha, masculine plural nuns, feminine plural nunhas)

  1. in a, in one

GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • nu (colloquial; otherwise archaic)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German nu, nū, nuo with a secondary final -n, already occasionally in Middle High German nuon.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. now, then; expressing a logical or temporal consequence
    Wir haben abgewaschen, nun müssen wir noch abtrocknen.
    We've washed up, now we must dry [the dishes].
    Was bedeuten nun die geschilderten Entwicklungen für unser Land?
    Now what do the aforementioned developments mean for our country?
  2. unstressed and expletive, used for minor emphasis
    Was soll das nun heißen?
    What's that supposed to mean now?

Usage notesEdit

  • Although the adverb is similar and akin to English "now", German nun is not commonly used in a strictly temporal sense, meaning "at this very moment". For that, see jetzt.

InterjectionEdit

nun

  1. now, well, so
    Nun, das ist eine schwierige Frage.
    Well, that's a tough question.

HausaEdit

NounEdit

nun f

  1. Arabic letter nun (ن)

IdoEdit

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. now

LojbanEdit

RafsiEdit

nun

  1. rafsi of nu.

MirandeseEdit

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. not

NovialEdit

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. now

Old FrenchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

See nom.

NounEdit

nun m ‎(oblique plural nuns, nominative singular nuns, nominative plural nun)

  1. (Anglo-Norman) Alternative form of nom

Etymology 2Edit

Reduced from of negun.

AdjectiveEdit

nun m ‎(oblique and nominative feminine singular nune)

  1. Alternative form of negun

PronounEdit

nun

  1. Alternative form of negun

RohingyaEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Bengali.

NounEdit

nun

  1. salt

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin nonnus.

NounEdit

nun m ‎(plural nuni, feminine equivalent nună)

  1. the godfather at a wedding

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TurkishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic نُون ‎(nūn).

NounEdit

nun

  1. Letter of the Arabic alphabet: ن
    • Previous: م
    • Next: و

VolapükEdit

NounEdit

nun ‎(plural nuns)

  1. message

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