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MalteseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic طُفَيْلة(ṭufayla), diminutive of طِفْلة(ṭifla, female child), whence Maltese tifla. Equivalent to tfajjel +‎ -a.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

tfajla f (plural tfajliet)

  1. Diminutive of tifla (girl)
  2. female adolescent or young woman; girl (in this sense)

Usage notesEdit

  • The sense “adolescent, young adult” is specific to the feminine and does not exist in the masculine equivalent tfajjel. The word żagħżugħ is used instead.

SynonymsEdit

  • (adolescent, young woman): xebba

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