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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French ouyr, ouïr, from Old French oir, from Latin audiō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ew-is-d-, a compound of Proto-Indo-European *h₂ewis (clearly, manifestly) (from the root *h₂ew- (to see, perceive)) and *dʰh₁-ye/o- (to render).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /wiʁ/
  • (file)

VerbEdit

ouïr

  1. (archaic) to hear
    Synonym: entendre
  2. (archaic) to listen
    Synonym: écouter

ConjugationEdit

The forms beginning with oi-, oy-, or orr- are archaic.

Pronunciation notesEdit

Knowing that the letter Y is historically a double I in French, we should pronounce the forms in "Oy" [wa] and note [ɔj]. The pronunciation in [ɔj] is technically archaic; it was pronounced this way in Old French. Pronounce like this:

  • Oyant [wa.jã]
  • Oyez ! [wa.je]

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