ma

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English

Etymology 1

Noun

ma (plural mas)

  1. (astronomy, usually in the plural) Abbreviation of milli-arcsecond.

Etymology 2

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

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɑː

Noun

ma (plural mas) (not generally used in the plural)

  1. (colloquial, and in direct address) mother, mama
Usage notes
  • Often capitalized when used to refer to a specific person.
Hey, Ma, I’d like you to meet my friend Jamie.
Synonyms
Translations

See also

  • pa

Etymology 3

Abbreviation.

Abbreviation

ma

  1. May
Usage notes
  • Usually capitalised as Ma.

Etymology 4

From my

Determiner

ma

  1. (dialectal, informal) Alternative spelling of my

Etymology 5

From Chinese (ma, “of course!”).

Particle

ma (Singlish, Singapore, colloquial)

  1. Alternative form of mah

References

Anagrams

  • 'am, A&M, A. & M., A. M., A.M., AM, Am, Am., a.m., am

Acehnese

Noun

ma

  1. mother

References

  • 2007. The UCLA Phonetics Lab Archive. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Department of Linguistics.

Afrikaans

Noun

ma (plural ma's)

  1. mom, mother

Synonyms

  • mamma
  • moeder

Antonyms

  • pa

Derived terms

  • ouma

Ajië

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [and]

Conjunction

ma

  1. and

References

  • Greenhill, S.J., Blust. R, & Gray, R.D. (2008). The Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database: From Bioinformatics to Lexomics. Evolutionary Bioinformatics, 4:271-283.

Alemannic German

Alternative forms

  • , Maa, Mann, Mànn, mo

Etymology

From Middle High German man, from Old High German man, from Proto-Germanic *mann-. Cognate with German Mann, Dutch man, English man, Icelandic maður, Swedish man, Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌽𐌽𐌰 (manna).

Noun

ma m (Gressoney, Issime)

  1. man
  2. husband

References

  • “ma” in Patuzzi, Umberto, ed., (2013) Ünsarne Börtar [Our Words], Luserna, Italy: Comitato unitario delle linguistiche storiche germaniche in Italia / Einheitskomitee der historischen deutschen Sprachinseln in Italien

Anaang

Verb

  1. to love

Further reading

  • Cristiane Benjamin Santos, Aspectos morfossintáticos dos pronomes pessoais em Anaan (2007)
  • Bruce Connell, Lower Cross Wordlist

Aromanian

Etymology 1

From Latin magis. Compare Daco-Romanian mai.

Adverb

ma

  1. more

Etymology 2

From Italian ma.

Conjunction

ma

  1. but, yet

Asturian

Alternative forms

  • mamá

Noun

ma f (plural mas)

  1. mother
    Synonym: madre

Bambara

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [màꜜà]

Noun

ma

  1. sea cow

References

  • 2007. The UCLA Phonetics Lab Archive. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Department of Linguistics.

Breton

Pronoun

ma

  1. my

Interjection

ma

  1. good!

Conjunction

ma

  1. that
  2. if

Synonyms

  • mar

Catalan

Determiner

ma

  1. feminine singular of mon

Cimbrian

Noun

ma m

  1. (Thirteen Communities) moon

References

  • Umberto Patuzzi, ed., (2013) Ünsarne Börtar, Luserna: Comitato unitario delle linguistiche storiche germaniche in Italia / Einheitskomitee der historischen deutschen Sprachinseln in Italien

Dorze

Noun

ma

  1. bee (insect)

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -aː

Noun

ma f (plural ma's, diminutive maatje n)

  1. (informal) mother

Synonyms

  • mama
  • moeder

See also

  • oma
  • pa

Efik

Verb

  1. love, like

Further reading

  • Bruce Connell, Lower Cross Wordlist

Estonian

Pronoun

ma (genitive mu, partitive mind)

  1. I; short form of mina

Finnish

Etymology 1

From maanantai.

Abbreviation

ma

  1. maanantai (Monday)

Etymology 2

Pronoun

ma

  1. (personal, archaic, poetic) I
Synonyms
  • minä (standard Finnish)
  • (colloquial)
  • mie (dialectal)
  • miä (dialectal)
  • mää (dialectal)
  • mnää (dialectal)

French

Etymology

From Old French ma, from Latin mea.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ma/

Determiner

ma f

  1. feminine singular of mon

Related terms

1 Also used before feminine adjectives and nouns beginning with a vowel or mute h.
2 Also used as the polite singular form.

Further reading

  • “ma” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Friulian

Etymology

From Latin magis.

Conjunction

ma

  1. but

Havasupai-Walapai-Yavapai

Pronoun

ma

  1. 2nd-person singular pronoun: you
  2. 2nd-person plural pronoun: you
  3. 2nd-person singular possessive pronoun: your
  4. 2nd-person plural possessive pronoun: your

See also


Hawaiian

Preposition

ma

  1. in, at

Hungarian

Etymology

Probably related to más.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈmɒ]

Adverb

ma

  1. today

Noun

ma (plural mák)

  1. today

Declension

Derived terms

  • jobb ma egy veréb, mint holnap egy túzok
  • mai
  • most

Related terms

  • más

References


Ido

Etymology

Borrowed from French mais, Italian ma, Spanish mas from Latin magis, from Proto-Indo-European *méǵh₂s.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ma/

Conjunction

ma

  1. but

Synonyms

  • sed (archaic)

Interlingua

Etymology

From Italian ma. Compare Spanish mas.

Conjunction

ma

  1. but

Interlingue

Conjunction

ma

  1. but

Istriot

Etymology

From Latin magis.

Conjunction

ma

  1. but
    • 1877, Antonio Ive, Canti popolari istriani: raccolti a Rovigno, volume 5, Ermanno Loescher, page 68:
      Ma sulo i tuoi bai uoci, anema meîa,
      But only your beautiful eyes, oh soul of mine

Italian

Etymology

From Latin magis.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -a

Conjunction

ma

  1. but

See also

  • però

Noun

ma f

  1. Abbreviation of mamma.

Interjection

ma

  1. (informal, emphatic) Indicates emotion or emphasis.
    Ma che carino! - Oh, how cute!
  2. (informal) Used to introduce a new topic or a question.
    Ma...tu sei di Roma? - So...you're from Rome?

References


Japanese

Romanization

ma

  1. Rōmaji transcription of
  2. Rōmaji transcription of

Kavalan

Adverb

ma

  1. only

Noun

ma

  1. daddy; father (term of address)

Keoru-Ahia

Noun

ma

  1. water

References

  • Karl J. Franklin, Comparative Wordlist 1 of the Gulf District and adjacent areas (1975), page 67

Ladino

Etymology

From Italian mai, from Latin magis.

Conjunction

ma (Latin spelling)

  1. but
  2. why

Livonian

Alternative forms

  • minā

Etymology

See etymology at Finnish me.

Pronoun

ma

  1. I; first person pronoun, referring to the speaker

Declension

See also

  • sinā, sa
  • tämā, ta

References

Renāte Blumberga, Tapio Mäkeläinen, Karl Pajusalu (2013), Lībieši: vēsture, valoda un kultūra, Rīga: Līvõ Kultūr sidām, →ISBN


Lower Sorbian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ma]

Verb

ma

  1. third-person singular present of měś

Mandarin

Romanization

ma (Zhuyin ˙ㄇㄚ)

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

ma

  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.

Maricopa

Noun

ma

  1. milk

Middle English

Pronoun

ma

  1. Alternative form of man

References

  • “man (pron.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 12 June 2018.

Neapolitan

Etymology

From Latin magis. Compare Italian ma, French mais.

Conjunction

ma

  1. but

Nigerian Pidgin

Etymology

From English my.

Determiner

ma

  1. my

North Frisian

Preposition

ma

  1. (Mooring Dialect) with

Northern Ndebele

Etymology

From Proto-Nguni *-ímá, from Proto-Bantu *-jɪ́ma.

Noun

-má

  1. to stand

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Novial

Conjunction

ma

  1. but

Old French

Etymology

From Latin mea.

Determiner

ma f (masculine mon, plural mes)

  1. my (first-person singular possessive)

Descendants

  • French: ma

Old Frisian

Pronoun

ma

  1. one

Opao

Noun

ma

  1. water

References

  • Karl J. Franklin, Comparative Wordlist 1 of the Gulf District and adjacent areas (1975), page 67

Orokolo

Noun

ma

  1. water

References

  • Karl J. Franklin, Comparative Wordlist 1 of the Gulf District and adjacent areas (1975), page 67

Pipil

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /maː/

Particle

  1. Subjunctive marker
  2. Clipping of maka. (Negative imperative marker)

Usage notes

  • The particle ma helps disambiguating many of the subjunctive forms from the present indicative or imperative forms.

Verb

-má

  1. Clipping of -maka.

Pitjantjatjara

Adverb

ma

  1. away

Pohnpeian

Conjunction

ma

  1. if

Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ma/

Etymology 1

Verb

ma

  1. third-person singular present indicative of mieć
    Andrzej ma 18 lat. – Andrzej is 18 years old.

Etymology 2

Pronoun

ma

  1. Alternative form of moja.

Further reading

  • ma in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Samoan

Conjunction

ma

  1. and
  2. because

Preposition

ma

  1. with

Scots

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ma/, /mə/

Etymology

From Middle English mi, my, apocopated form of min, myn, from Old English mīn (my, mine), from Proto-Germanic *mīnaz (my, mine, pron.) (genitive of *ek (I)), from Proto-Indo-European *méynos (my; mine).

Determiner

ma

  1. my
    Synonym: wir

Scottish Gaelic

Conjunction

ma

  1. if
    Ma tha thu 'g iarrraidh sin... - If you want that...

Usage notes

  • If followed by the future tense, the relative future tense is used.
    Dèan e, ma thogras tu. - Do it, if you want.
  • In the conditional tense, instead of ma, nan/nam is used in positive sentences and mura in negative ones.

Situ

Etymology

Proto-Sino-Tibetan *ma.

Particle

ma

  1. not, no; negative particle

Further reading

  • M. Prins, A Grammar of rGyalrong, Jiǎomùzú (Kyom-kyo) Dialects: A Web of Relations (2016) (and earlier A Web of Relations: A Grammar of rGyalrong, Jiǎomùzú (Kyom-kyo) Dialects, 2011)

Suri

Noun

  1. water

References

  • 1999, Michael Bryant, Aspects of Tirmaga Grammar (in notes, as ma)
  • Michael Bryant, A Brief Grammar of the Suri Language (2011) (as )

Swazi

Etymology

From Proto-Nguni *-ímá, from Proto-Bantu *-jɪ́ma.

Noun

-ma

  1. to stand
  2. to stop, to wait

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Tahitian

Conjunction

ma

  1. and

Preposition

ma

  1. with

Tairuma

Noun

ma

  1. Alternative form of ma'a

References

  • Karl J. Franklin, Comparative Wordlist 1 of the Gulf District and adjacent areas (1975), page 67

Toaripi

Noun

ma

  1. (Toaripi, Kaipi, Sepoe) water

References

  • Karl J. Franklin, Comparative Wordlist 1 of the Gulf District and adjacent areas (1975), page 67

Tz'utujil

Adverb

ma

  1. not

Veps

Etymology

From Proto-Finnic *maa, from Proto-Uralic *mëxe.

Noun

ma

  1. earth
  2. ground
  3. soil
  4. land, country, region
  5. state

Inflection

Derived terms

  • kodima
  • kosmosma
  • kuivma
  • linma
  • sinižma
  • tagama
  • veraz ma
  • mail'm
  • makar
  • makondi
  • makovandez
  • maleveduz'pird
  • mapiduz'pird
  • mapolišk
  • mapähkim
  • maröunanvarjoičii
  • maujui
  • mavezieläi
  • mavoi
  • manaluine
  • manedustai
  • mankaivai
  • manmäričii
  • manparemboituz
  • manpidäi
  • manradai
  • manrehkaiduz
  • mansüvüded
  • mantedo
  • manvägituz
  • pämante

References

  • Zajceva, N. G.; Mullonen, M. I. (2007), “грунт, держава, земля, почва, свет, страна”, in Uz’ venä-vepsläine vajehnik / Novyj russko-vepsskij slovarʹ [New Russian–Veps Dictionary], Petrozavodsk: Periodika

Vietnamese

Pronunciation

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

Etymology 1

From Proto-Vietic *-maː (genie; phantom; ghost; spirit)

Noun

(classifier con) ma

  1. ghost (spirit appearing after death)
Derived terms
  • hồn ma
  • ma chay
  • đám ma
  • thây ma

Etymology 2

Sino-Vietnamese word from .

Noun

(classifier con) ma

  1. (archaic) a demon
  2. (archaic) magic
Synonyms
  • quỷ
Derived terms
  • ác ma
  • tà ma ngoại đạo
  • ma quỷ
  • ma thuật
  • ma đạo
  • ma giáo
  • ma nữ
  • ma vương
  • ma giới
  • ma nhân
  • ma đế
  • ma quái
  • ma lực

Vilamovian

Pronoun

ma

  1. (indefinite) one, they (indefinite third-person singular pronoun)

Vilela

Noun

ma

  1. water

References

  • Bernard Comrie, ‎Lucía Golluscio, Language Contact and Documentation (2015, →ISBN
  • Bartolomé Tavera-Acosta, En el sur: (Dialectos indígenas de Venezuela) (1907)

Wolof

Pronoun

ma

  1. me (first-person singular object pronoun)

See also


Xhosa

Etymology

From Proto-Nguni *-ímá, from Proto-Bantu *-jɪ́ma.

Verb

-ma?

  1. (intransitive) to halt
  2. (intransitive) to stop

Inflection

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Zazaki

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ma

Pronoun

ma

  1. we; us (first-person plural personal pronoun)

Zhuang

Pronunciation

  • (Standard Zhuang) IPA(key): /ma˨˦/
  • Tone numbers: ma1
  • Hyphenation: ma

Etymology 1

From Proto-Tai *ʰmaːᴬ (dog). Cognate with Thai หมา (mǎa), Northern Thai ᩉ᩠ᨾᩣ, Lao ໝາ (), ᦖᦱ (ṁaa), Tai Dam ꪢꪱ, Shan မႃ (mǎa), Tai Nüa ᥛᥣᥴ (maa1), Ahom 𑜉𑜠 (ma), Saek หม่า.

Noun

ma (old orthography ma, Sawndip forms 𬌫, 獁, 𬍄, 䭾, 庅, 犸, 𭸱)

  1. dog

Etymology 2

From Proto-Tai *ʰmaːᴬ (to come). Cognate with Thai มา (maa), Northern Thai ᨾᩣ (ma), Lao ມາ (), ᦙᦱ (maa), Tai Nüa ᥛᥣᥰ (maa2), Shan မႃး (máa), Ahom 𑜉𑜠 (ma) or 𑜉𑜡 (maa) or 𑜉𑜡𑜠 (maaa).

Verb

ma (old orthography ma, Sawndip forms 庲, 么, 麻, 𮜃, 𫹞, 駡)

  1. to come back; to return
See also
  • ma

Zulu

Etymology

From Proto-Nguni *-ímá, from Proto-Bantu *-jɪ́ma.

Verb

-má

  1. (intransitive) to stand, to be standing
  2. (intransitive) to stand still, to not move
  3. (intransitive) to stop, to come to a standstill, to halt

Inflection

Derived terms

  • -mi
  • isimo
  • umumo

References

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

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