See also: qua, QUA, quá, quà, quạ, and qu'à

VietnameseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Sino-Vietnamese word from (fruit).

Displaced native giái in the more prestigious inland Northern dialects sometime before the colonial period, likely due to the homophony with dái (testicles), eventually also displaced lái from the less prestigious coastal Northern dialects.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

(classifier cái) quả

  1. (especially Northern Vietnam) piece of fruit
  2. (by extension) something round
  3. (Northern Vietnam) round, painted casket (i.e., a jewelry box) with a lid
    quả trầusmall box of betel nuts
  4. (Northern Vietnam) punch (a hit or strike with one's fist)
    Synonym: phát
    Tao đấm cho mày một quả bây giờ!
    I'll punch you!

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Derived termsEdit

ClassifierEdit

quả

  1. (especially Northern Vietnam) Refers to anything round, such as a piece of fruit.
    Synonym: trái
    quả bónga football; a balloon
    quả trứngan egg
    quả timthe heart

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