See also: Zou, zhōu, zhǒu, zhòu, and

Dutch edit

Pronunciation edit

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  • Rhymes: -ɑu̯
  • IPA(key): /zɑu̯/

Verb edit


  1. singular past indicative of zullen

French edit

Pronunciation edit

Interjection edit


  1. shoo

Further reading edit

Luxembourgish edit

Etymology edit

From Middle High German zuo, from Old High German zuo, from Proto-Germanic *tō.

All monosyllabic function words in -éi, -ou (déi, méi, wéi, sou, wou, zwou) have an unstressed pronunciation in [i], [u]. These are normally not reflected in the spelling. The forms zou (adverb) and zu (preposition) are an exception, probably because of the contractions zum, zur, and the corresponding German zu.

Pronunciation edit

Adverb edit


  1. adverbial form of the preposition zu (in, at)
  2. closed, shut

Derived terms edit

Related terms edit

Mandarin edit

Romanization edit


  1. Nonstandard spelling of zōu.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of zǒu.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of zòu.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of zóu.

Usage notes edit

  • Transcriptions of Mandarin into the Latin script often do not distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without indication of tone.