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An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.
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English

Etymology 1

Onomatopoeia. From Portuguese ai. Example from a thirteen century cantiga de amigo: E se vós, filha, meu amor queredes, rogo vos eu que nunca lhi faledes sen mi, ai filha fremosa

Bernal de Bonaval (text from Cohen 2003, tr. M. Boaz)

Interjection

ai

  1. An expression of pity, pain, anguish etc.

Etymology 2

Originated 1685–95, from Brazilian-Portuguese , from Old Tupi.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ɑːɪ/

Noun

Singular
ai

Plural
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ai ({{{1}}})
  1. A type of three-toed sloth, Bradypus tridactylus, inhabiting forests of southern Venezuela, the Guianas, and northern Brazil.

References

  • ai” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • ai” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.

Albanian

Pronoun

ai

  1. he

Apalaí

Noun

ai

  1. penis

Finnish

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: ai
  • Rhymes: -ɑi
  • IPA: [ɑi]

Interjection

ai

  1. ouch!
  2. oh!
    Ai, se olitkin sinä! (Oh, it was you!)

Synonyms


French

Verb

ai

  1. First-person singular indicative present of avoir.
    J'ai un chien.
    I have a dog.

Italian

Etymology

From the preposition a + the article i.

Pronunciation

Homophones

Contraction

ai [[Category:Template:lang:it contractions|ai]]

  1. at the, to the (+ a masculine noun in plural).

Japanese

Noun

ai (hiragana あい)

  1. : love

Kriol

Etymology 1

From English eye.

Noun

ai

  1. eye
  2. headlight of a car
  3. seed

Etymology 2

From English I

Pronoun

ai

  1. I

Etymology 3

From English high.

Adjective

ai

  1. high, tall

Kuna

Noun

ai

  1. friend

Mandarin

Pronunciation

Adjective

ai (Pinyin ǎi, traditional and simplified )

  1. (Beginning Mandarin) short (of stature)
  2. (Beginning Mandarin) low

Pronunciation

Noun

ai (Pinyin ài, traditional , simplified )

  1. (Beginning Mandarin) love

Verb

ai (Pinyin ài, traditional , simplified )

  1. (Beginning Mandarin) love
    wo ai ni. "I love you."
    ni ai ta ma? "Do you love her/him?"
  2. like; be fond of; be keen on
    ta ai shuohua. "He likes to talk."
    wo bu ai chi zhurou. "I don't like to eat pork."

Usage notes

  • When used for people, ài usually refers to romantic love. When used like this, older Mandarin speakers often describe the use of this term as overly 肉麻 (ròumá, adj. something that gives you the creeps, disgusting). For this reason, the word trad. 喜欢, simpl. 喜欢 (xǐhuān, to like) might be used instead. Using the word xǐhuān literally means like, but when used in a romantic context (especially boyfriend/girlfriend), it actually means love. However, younger Mandarin speakers seem to have been influenced somewhat by Western culture, and are now using the verb ài much more often than was socially acceptable in the past.

Pinyin syllable

ai

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, āi, ái, ǎi, or ài.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


References

  • Shao, Jingmin (ed.) (2000). HSK Dictionary (HSK汉语水平考试词典) (in Mandarin/English). Shanghai: Huadong Teachers College Publishers. ISBN 7561720785.

Piedmontese

Noun

ai

  1. garlic

Pitjantjatjara

Interjection

ai

  1. huh
  2. geez
  3. what
  4. hey

References

  • "ai" in Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara to English Dictionary, Cliff Goddard, Second Edition, 1992.
  • Ninti Ngapartji

Rohingya

Verb

ai

  1. come

Romanian

Etymology

From the [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:ro:Template:lang:la derivations]] allium / alium.

Article

ai (masculine plural possessive)[[Category:Template:lang:ro articles|ai]]

  1. of
    prieteni ai lui sunt interesanţi - his friends are interesting.

See also

  • al (masculine/neuter singular)
  • a (feminine singular)
  • ale (feminine/neuter plural)

Noun

ai m. (plural ai)

  1. garlic

Declension


Derived terms

Related terms

Verb

ai [[Category:Template:lang:ro verb forms|ai]]

  1. second-person singular present tense form of [[avea#Template:lang:ro|avea]]. you have
    Ai tu un prieten în România?
    Do you have a friend in Romania?
  2. second-person singular subjunctive form of [[avea#Template:lang:ro|avea]].

(tu) ai (modal auxiliary; second-person singular form of avea, used with infinitives to form conditional tenses)

  1. (you) would
    ai fi murit dacă îţi spusesem
    you would have died if I'd told you

Seri

Noun

ai

  1. his father

Preposition

ai

  1. still (used with nominalized third person verbs)

Sranan Tongo

Interjection

ai

  1. yes

Tok Pisin

Etymology

From English eye.

Noun

ai (plural ol ai)

  1. eye
  2. hole, opening, lid
  3. tip

Torres Strait Creole

Etymology 1

From English I.

Pronoun

ai

  1. I (see also mi)

Etymology 2

From English eye.

Noun

ai

  1. eye.

Vietnamese

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ɐːj˦/

Pronoun

ai

  1. who
  2. whoever
  3. someone else
  4. one
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) nobody

Volapük

Adverb

ai

  1. always
  2. at all times
  3. constantly (habitually)
  4. ever (always)
  5. habitually

Derived terms

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