ba

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English

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Old French baer (to open the mouth); compare French bayer.

Verb

ba (third-person singular simple present bas, present participle baing, simple past and past participle baed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To kiss.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer, The Tale of the Wyf of Bathe
      Com neer, my spouse, lat me ba thy cheke!

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Egyptian bꜣ,

Noun

ba (plural bas)

  1. In ancient Egyptian mythology, a being's soul or personality, represented as a bird-headed figure, which survives after death but must be sustained with offerings of food.
    • 1983, Norman Mailer, Ancient Evenings:
      But the Ba, I remembered, could be seen as the mistress of your heart and might or might not decide to speak to you, just as the heart cannot always forgive.

Etymology 3

The sound is very commonly made by infants, and is interpreted by parents as a reference to themselves.

Noun

ba (plural bas) (not generally used in the plural)

  1. (colloquial, and in direct address) father, baba

Etymology 4

Alternative forms

  • ba'

Noun

ba (uncountable)

  1. (historical) A medieval football game played in parts of Scotland around Christmas and New Year.
    • 2011, Alistair Moffat, The Borders
      The townsmen played ba often and clearly knew what they were doing.

Anagrams

  • -ab, A&B, A.B., A/B, AB, Ab, a.b., ab, ab-, ab.

Akan

Verb

ba

  1. (Fante) come

References

  • Rose-Juliet Anyanwu, Fundamentals of Phonetics, Phonology and Tonology (2008)

Bakung

Noun

ba

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)
  2. water (mineral water)

Borôro

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbaː/

Noun

ba

  1. egg

Cebuano

Pronunciation 1

  • (General Cebuano) IPA(key): /ˈbaʔ/
  • Rhymes: -aʔ

Particle

ba

  1. final interrogative particle

Pronunciation 2

  • (General Cebuano) IPA(key): /ˈba/
  • Rhymes: -a

Etymology

Short for baba.

Verb

ba

  1. to piggyback; to carry someone on the back

Chichewa

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɓa/

Verb

-ba (infinitive kuba)

  1. steal

Derived terms

  • Verbal derivations:
    • Applicative: -bera
    • Other formations: -ba mawu (eavesdrop)
  • Nominal derivations:
    • wakuba (thief)

Cimbrian

Etymology

From Middle High German , from Old High German wār, hwār, from Proto-Germanic *hwar (where). Cognate with German wo, Dutch waar, English where, Icelandic hvar.

Pronoun

ba (Sette Comuni)

  1. (Sette Comuni, relative) that; which; who

Adverb

ba (dative bànnont)

  1. (Sette Comuni, interrogative) where

Adjective

ba (not comparable)

  1. (Sette Comuni, attributive only) how (modifier used to express suprise, delight, etc.)

References

  • “ba” in Martalar, Umberto Martello; Bellotto, Alfonso (1974) Dizionario della lingua Cimbra dei Sette Communi vicentini, 1st edition, Roana, Italy: Instituto di Cultura Cimbra A. Dal Pozzo

Duun

Etymology

Onomatopoeic?

Noun

ba

  1. goat

Further reading

  • Duungooma ABC (alphabet duun), page 3

Eastern Penan

Noun

ba

  1. water

References

  • Dictionary of Eastern Penan

Gothic

Romanization

ba

  1. Romanization of 𐌱𐌰

Haitian Creole

Etymology

Verb

ba

  1. give

Synonyms

  • ban
  • bay

Irish

Etymology 1

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bˠa/
  • (Ulster) IPA(key): /bˠɑh/

Noun

ba f pl

  1. plural of

Etymology 2

From Old Irish ba.

Alternative forms

  • (affirmative): b’ (used before a vowel sound except for the pronouns é, í, iad, ea)
  • (relative): ab (used before a vowel sound)
  • badh (archaic)
  • budh (superseded)
  • dob, dob' (dialectal equivalent of b’)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bˠə/

Particle

ba (triggers lenition)

  1. past/conditional affirmative of is
  2. past/conditional direct relative of is (used to introduce the comparative/superlative form of adjectives)
Related terms

Mutation

References


Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ba/

Interjection

ba

  1. bah!
  2. oh well!

Japanese

Romanization

ba

  1. Rōmaji transcription of
  2. Rōmaji transcription of

Kriol

Preposition

ba

  1. Alternative form of blanga

Kurdish

Alternative forms

  • با(ba)

Etymology

From Proto-Iranian [Term?] (compare Avestan 𐬬𐬁𐬙𐬋(vātō), Pashto and Persian باد(bâd)), from Proto-Indo-Iranian [Term?] (compare Sanskrit वात (vā́ta)), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wéh₁n̥ts (blowing), present participle of *h₂weh₁- (to blow).

Noun

ba m

  1. weather
  2. wind

Mandarin

Romanization

ba (Zhuyin ˙ㄅㄚ)

  1. Pinyin transcription of
  2. Pinyin transcription of ,
  3. Pinyin transcription of 𣬶
  4. Pinyin transcription of 𣬷

ba

  1. Nonstandard spelling of .
  2. Nonstandard spelling of .
  3. Nonstandard spelling of .
  4. Nonstandard spelling of .

Usage notes

  • 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.

Norwegian Bokmål

Alternative forms

  • bad

Verb

ba

  1. simple past of be

Old Irish

Alternative forms

  • (2nd sg. pres. subj.): be

Verb

ba

  1. inflection of is:
    1. first/second/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative
    3. third-person singular preterite/imperfect indicative nonrelative/relative

Phuthi

Etymology

From Proto-Nguni *-ba, from Proto-Bantu *-báa.

Verb

-ba

  1. to be
  2. to become

Inflection

This entry needs an inflection-table template.


Swazi

Etymology

From Proto-Nguni *-ba, from Proto-Bantu *-báa.

Verb

-ba

  1. to be
  2. to become

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Swedish

Adverb

ba (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) Apocopic form of bara, corresponds to ”was (just) like” or ”just”.

Tagalog

Etymology 1

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *ba₅. Cognate with Cebuano ba and Malagasy va.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ba/

Particle

ba

  1. marks a sentence as interrogative

Etymology 2

From aba.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ba/

Interjection

ba

  1. used in expressing surprise or disgust


Tiruray

Noun

ba

  1. (anatomy) mouth

Vietnamese

Pronunciation

  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [ʔɓaː˧˧]
  • (Huế) IPA(key): [ʔɓaː˧˧]
  • (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): [ʔɓaː˧˧]

Etymology 1

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (“father”; SV: bả).

Noun

ba (巴, 爸)

  1. (chiefly Southern Vietnam) father
Synonyms
  • áng
  • bác
  • bọ
  • bố
  • cậu
  • cha
  • thầy
  • tía

Etymology 2

From Proto-Vietic *paː, from Proto-Mon-Khmer *piʔ; cognate with Muong pa, Khmer បី (bəy), Halang pe, Pacoh pe, Mon ပိ (pi).

Numeral

ba (巴, 𠀧)

  1. three

Adjective

ba (巴, 𠀧)

  1. (Southern Vietnam, of a sibling) secondborn
Derived terms
  • tháng ba (March)
  • thứ ba (third; Tuesday)

Determiner

ba

  1. (colloquial) some, an indefinite quantity greater than one

Volapük

Adverb

ba

  1. perhaps

Xhosa

Etymology

From Proto-Nguni *-ba, from Proto-Bantu *-báa.

Verb

-ba

  1. to be
  2. to become

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Yapese

Verb

ba

  1. (auxiliary) to be (doing something); forms the present tense

Zoogocho Zapotec

Etymology 1

Cognate with Yatzachi Zapotec ba.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ba˦/

Noun

ba

  1. hot weather (clarification of this definition is needed)

Derived terms

  • chex̱ba
  • gwba
  • lagüeꞌ ba

Etymology 2

Cognate with Isthmus Zapotec baꞌ, Yatzachi Zapotec ba.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ba˩/

Noun

ba

  1. grave, tomb

Etymology 3

Cognate with Yatzachi Zapotec ba-.

Adverb

ba

  1. already

References

  • Long C., Rebecca; Cruz M., Sofronio (2000) Diccionario zapoteco de San Bartolomé Zoogocho, Oaxaca (Serie de vocabularios y diccionarios indígenas “Mariano Silva y Aceves”; 38)‎[1] (in Spanish), second electronic edition, Coyoacán, D.F.: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, A.C., page 3

Zou

Verb

ba

  1. owe

References

  • http://www.languageinindia.com/feb2013/zouphonologyfinal.pdf

Zulu

Etymology

From Proto-Nguni *-ba, from Proto-Bantu *-báa.

Verb

-ba

  1. to be
  2. to become

Inflection

References

  • C. M. Doke; B. W. Vilakazi (1972), “-ɓa”, in Zulu-English Dictionary, →ISBN: “-ɓa

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