Indonesian edit

Etymology edit

Affixed per- +‎ gawai (work), from Malay pegawai.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): [pəˈɡawai̯]
  • Hyphenation: pê‧ga‧wai

Noun edit

pêgawai (first-person possessive pegawaiku, second-person possessive pegawaimu, third-person possessive pegawainya)

  1. employee
    Synonyms: karyawan, pekerja
  2. (archaic) government officer, official
    Synonym: pejabat
  3. (archaic, figurative) tool, equipment, apparatus

Usage notes edit

The word is part of false friends between Standard Malay and Indonesian due to shared etymology. The Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore usage can be seen in Malay pegawai.

Derived terms edit

Further reading edit

Malay edit

Etymology edit

pe- +‎ gawai

Noun edit

pegawai (Jawi spelling ڤݢاواي, plural pegawai-pegawai, informal 1st possessive pegawaiku, 2nd possessive pegawaimu, 3rd possessive pegawainya)

  1. officer; official

Usage notes edit

The word is part of false friends between Standard Malay and Indonesian due to shared etymology. The Indonesian usage can be seen in Indonesian pegawai.

Further reading edit