Dutch edit

Etymology edit

From Middle Dutch wi, from Old Dutch , from Proto-West Germanic *wiʀ, from Proto-Germanic *wīz, from Proto-Indo-European *wéy-, plural of *éǵh₂.

Compare Low German wi, West Frisian wy, German wir, English we, Danish vi.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): (stressed) /ʋɛi̯/, (unstressed) /ʋə/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: wei

Pronoun edit


  1. the first-person plural personal pronoun; refers to the speakers

Inflection edit

Synonyms edit

Descendants edit

  • Jersey Dutch: wāi
  • Negerhollands: wellie

See also edit

Polish edit

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Pronunciation edit

Etymology 1 edit

Probably related to Ukrainian вій (vij), which refers to the same creature. (This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun edit

wij m animal

  1. myriapod (arthropod belonging to the subphylum Myriapoda)
  2. (Slavic mythology) viy (creature with gigantic eyelids and eyelashes from hell who kills by looking at people)
Declension edit

Etymology 2 edit

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb edit


  1. second-person singular imperative present of wić

Further reading edit

  • wij in Polish dictionaries at PWN