EnglishEdit

VerbEdit

wees

  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of wee

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AfrikaansEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • wies (Cape Afrikaans)

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch wezen, from Proto-Germanic *wesaną. See Dutch zijn.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

wees (present is, present participle synde, past was, past participle gewees)

  1. To be.
    Ek was gister dronk gewees.
    I was drunk yesterday.
    Hy kon al 'n dokter gewees het.
    He could have been a doctor by now.

Usage notesEdit

  • Unlike other Afrikaans verbs, the past participle of wees (gewees) does not usually take the auxiliary verb het to form the perfect tense unless a modal verb is being used: Ek sou baie kwaad gewees het as jy dit gedoen het. (“I would have been very angry if you had done this.”) Outside of this construction, het gewees is rarely encountered and is considered nonstandard. The actual perfect tense of wees is is gewees, but this form is also very rare, being usually replaced with either was or was gewees. (The latter is formally a pluperfect, but is generally used without any semantic distinction.)

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DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʋeːs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eːs

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch wêse, from Old Dutch wēso, from Proto-West Germanic *waiso, of uncertain origin, with no solid cognates outside of Germanic; possibly ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁widʰéwh₂ (widow).[1]

Cognate with German Waise, Middle Low German wêse, probably Old English *wāsa (in wuduwāsa).

NounEdit

wees m or f (plural wezen, diminutive weesje n)

  1. An orphan, person or animal having survived both parents.
  2. An orphaned one, left out of a sequence.
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Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.

VerbEdit

wees

  1. imperative of zijn
  2. imperative of wezen
Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

wees

  1. singular past indicative of wijzen

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ van der Sijs, Nicoline, editor (2010) , “wees1”, in Etymologiebank, Meertens Institute

North FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian wesa, which derives from Proto-West Germanic *wesan, from Proto-Germanic *wesaną.

VerbEdit

wees

  1. (Föhr-Amrum, Heligoland) to be

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SpanishEdit

NounEdit

wees m pl

  1. plural of we

WestrobothnianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse hvæsa.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

wees

  1. (intransitive) To hiss
  2. (intransitive) To whiz, blow.