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See also: WAI, Wai, wài, wāi, wǎi, and wa'i

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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Thai ไหว้ (wâi, a gesture of thanks).

NounEdit

wai (plural wais)

  1. A Thai greeting wherein the palms are brought together in front of the face or chest, sometimes accompanied with a bow.
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Phonetic respelling of why.

AdverbEdit

wai (not comparable)

  1. (Internet slang) why (a purposeful misspelling)

ConjunctionEdit

wai

  1. (Internet slang) why (a purposeful misspelling)

AnagramsEdit


'Are'areEdit

 
wai

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

NounEdit

wai

  1. fresh water (clear liquid H₂O)

AntonymsEdit

  • āsi (salt water)

ReferencesEdit

  • Blust's Austronesian Comparative Dictionary

Aka-BeaEdit

AdverbEdit

wai

  1. indeed

ReferencesEdit

  • Edward Horace Man, A Dictionary of the South Andaman (Aka-Bea) language (1923)

ArosiEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

NounEdit

wai

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

ReferencesEdit

  • Arthur Capell, Arosi grammar (1971), page 59: [Possessives of the] first and second persons precede the noun, whereas all others follow it, e.g. gugua wai, my drinking water, but wai 'ana, his drinking water.
  • Sidney Herbert Ray, A Comparative Study of the Melanesian Island Languages (2014), page 481: wai "water"

Buli (Indonesia)Edit

NumeralEdit

wai

  1. eight

ReferencesEdit

  • G. Maan, Proeve van een Bulische spraakkunst (1951)

Central TagbanwaEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Philippine [Term?], from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

NounEdit

wai (Tagbanwa spelling ᝯᝡ)

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

ReferencesEdit

  • Robert A. Scebold, Central Tagbanwa: A Philippine Language on the Brink of Extinction : Sociolinguistics, Grammar, and Lexicon (2003)

DuriEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Language Documentation Training Center, Linguistic Society of Hawaii, Duri wordlist

FijianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

NounEdit

wai

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

GothicEdit

RomanizationEdit

wai

  1. Romanization of 𐍅𐌰𐌹

HawaiianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Eastern Polynesian *wai, from Proto-Nuclear Polynesian *wai, from Proto-Polynesian *wai, from Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈvaj/, [ˈʋɐj]
  • (rapid speech) IPA(key): [ˈʋɛj]

NounEdit

wai

  1. fresh water

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • William Churchill (1911) The Polynesian Wanderings: Tracks of the Migration Deduced
  • “wai” in the Hawaiian Dictionary, Revised and Enlarged Edition, University of Hawaii Press, 1986

JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

wai

  1. Rōmaji transcription of わい

KamberaEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

NounEdit

wài

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

ReferencesEdit

  • Marian Klamer, A Grammar of Kambera

KapingamarangiEdit

LamaholotEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

ReferencesEdit

  • Kunio Nishyama, Herman Kelen, A Grammar of Lamaholot, Eastern Indonesia: The Morphology and Syntax of the Lewoingu Dialect (2007)
  • ABVD

LauEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit


MalayEdit

 
wai

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

wai (plural wai-wai)

  1. river (large stream which drains a landmass)

SynonymsEdit


MamasaEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

ReferencesEdit


MamujuEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

ReferencesEdit


MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

wai (Zhuyin ˙ㄨㄞ)

  1. Pinyin transcription of 𠰻

wai

  1. Nonstandard spelling of wāi.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of wǎi.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of wài.

Usage notesEdit

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

MaoriEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Eastern Polynesian *wai, from Proto-Nuclear Polynesian *wai, from Proto-Polynesian *wai, from Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

NounEdit

wai

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)
  2. liquid
Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • William Churchill, The Polynesian Wanderings: Tracks of the Migration Deduced (1911)

Etymology 2Edit

Compare Tahitian vai.

PronounEdit

wai

  1. who?

MasiwangEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

ReferencesEdit


Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. Alternative spelling of way

NaueteEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Aone van Engelenhoven, The position of Makuva among the Austronesian languages of Southwest Maluku and East Timor, in Austronesian historical linguistics and culture history: a festschrift, Pacific linguistics 601 (2009)

NekoEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Transnewguinea.org, citing McElhanon and Voorhoeve (1970)
  • J. Bullock, R. Gray, H. Paris, D. Pfantz, D. Richardson, A Sociolinguistic Survey of the Yabong, Migum, Nekgini, and Neko (2016)

OmbaEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Catriona Hyslop, The Lolovoli Dialect of the North-East Ambae Language: Vanuatu (2001)
  • William Churchill, The Polynesian Wanderings: Tracks of the Migration Deduced (1911)

OrohaEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

ReferencesEdit


OwaEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

NounEdit

wai

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

ReferencesEdit

  • Greg Mellow, A Dictionary of Owa: A Language of the Solomon Islands

Palu'eEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. woman

ReferencesEdit

  • Austronesian Comparative Dictionary

PitjantjatjaraEdit

InterjectionEdit

wai

  1. hey

RagaEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

NounEdit

wai

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

ReferencesEdit

  • Malcolm Ross, ‎Andrew Pawley, ‎Meredith Osmond, The Lexicon of Proto-Oceanic (2007, →ISBN

Sa'aEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

Alternative formsEdit

Further readingEdit


Saterland FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian wei,

PronunciationEdit

IPA(key): /vaːi/

NounEdit

wai m (plural do Wege)

  1. way

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dr. Fort, Marron, Dät Näie Tästamänt un do Psoolme in ju aasterlauwersfräiske Uurtoal fon dät

Seelterlound, Fräislound, Butjoarlound, Aastfräislound un do Groninger Umelounde


SikaianaEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • William Churchill, The Polynesian Wanderings: Tracks of the Migration Deduced (1911)

SiroiEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. arm, hand

Further readingEdit


Tae'Edit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-South Sulawesi *wai, from Proto-Sunda-Sulawesi *wair, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

NounEdit

wai

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

ReferencesEdit


TangoaEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

NounEdit

wai

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

ReferencesEdit

  • Malcolm Ross, ‎Andrew Pawley, ‎Meredith Osmond, The Lexicon of Proto-Oceanic (2007, →ISBN

Torres Strait CreoleEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. (eastern dialect) a coconut embryo

SynonymsEdit

  • musu (western dialect)

Usage notesEdit

Wai (eastern dialect) or musu (western dialect) is the first stage of coconut growth. It is followed by giru (eastern dialect) or musu koknat (western dialect).


VitiEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • William Churchill, The Polynesian Wanderings: Tracks of the Migration Deduced (1911)

Waima'aEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Aone van Engelenhoven, The position of Makuva among the Austronesian languages of Southwest Maluku and East Timor, in Austronesian historical linguistics and culture history: a festschrift, Pacific linguistics 601 (2009)

WaropenEdit

NounEdit

wai

  1. Alternative form of ghai

ReferencesEdit

  • The Linguistic Situation in the Islands of Yapen, Kurudu, Nau and Miosnum, New Guinea (1961)