we

English

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Etymology

From Middle English we, from Old English (we), from Proto-Germanic *wīz, *wiz (we), from Proto-Indo-European *wéy (we (plural)). Cognate with Scots wee, we (we), North Frisian we (we), West Frisian wy (we), Low German wi (we), Dutch we, wij (we), German wir (we), Danish, Swedish and Norwegian vi (we), Icelandic vér, við (we), Avestan 𐬬𐬀𐬉𐬨‎(vaēm‎), Sanskrit वयम् (vayám).

Pronunciation

Pronoun

we (first-person plural, nominative case, objective case us, reflexive ourselves, or, singular, ourself, possessive (with noun) our, possessive (without noun) ours)

  1. (personal) The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person (not the person being addressed). (This is the exclusive we.)
    • 2017 February 20, Paul Mason, “Climate scepticism is a far-right badge of honour – even in sweltering Australia”, in the Guardian[1]:
      It’s time to overcome queasiness and restraint. We, the liberal and progressive people of the world, are at war with the far right to save the earth.
  2. (personal) The speaker(s)/writer(s) and the person(s) being addressed. (This is the inclusive we.)
  3. (personal) The speaker/writer alone. (This use of we is the editorial we, used by writers and others, including royalty—the royal we—as a less personal substitute for I. The reflexive case of this sense of we is ourself.)
  4. (personal) The plural form of you, including everyone being addressed.
    How are we all tonight?
  5. (personal, often considered patronising) A second- or third-person pronoun for a person in the speaker's care.
    How are we feeling this morning?

Descendants

  • Sranan Tongo: wi

Translations

Determiner

we

  1. The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person.
    We Canadians like to think of ourselves as different.

Anagrams


Abinomn

Noun

we

  1. tree kangaroo

References

  • Newguineaworld, citing Donohue and Musgrave, Abinomn nominal number (2007: 365)

Caac

Determiner

we

  1. water
    kô-ny we
    'my (glass/drink of) water'

References


Chuukese

Determiner

we (plural kewe)

  1. (possessive subject marker) the (singular)

Dadibi

Noun

wẹ

  1. water

Synonyms

References

  • Karl J. Franklin, Comparative Wordlist 1 of the Gulf District and adjacent areas (1975), page 67
  • Karl James Franklin, Pacific Linguistics (1973, →ISBN, page 130: Polopa so/sou woman, cf. DAR sou female animal but we woman. Several multiple cognate sets appeared in the data. Daribi uses both ạị and wẹ for water; some Polopa speakers gave one term, some another. Both are probably known everywhere.

Dutch

Etymology

See wij.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʋə/
  • (file)

Pronoun

we (personal pronoun)

  1. we

Inflection


Synonyms

See also


Fijian

Noun

we

  1. scar

Fwâi

we

Etymology

From Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun

we

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

References

  • André-Georges Haudricourt, Françoise Ozanne-Rivierre, Dictionnaire thématique des langues de la région de Hienghène (1982)

Galoli

Noun

we

  1. (Talur) water

References


Haeke

Etymology

From Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Pronunciation

Noun

we

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

References

  • Jean Claude Rivierre, Sabine Ehrhart, Raymond Diéla, Le Bwatoo: et les dialectes de la région de Koné (2006)

Haveke

Etymology

From Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Pronunciation

Noun

we

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

References

  • Jean Claude Rivierre, Sabine Ehrhart, Raymond Diéla, Le Bwatoo: et les dialectes de la région de Koné (2006)

Hmwaveke

Etymology

From Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun

we

  1. water

References


Ido

Pronunciation

Noun

we (plural we-i)

  1. The name of the Latin script letter W/w.

See also


Japanese

Romanization

we

  1. Rōmaji transcription of
  2. Rōmaji transcription of
  3. Rōmaji transcription of うぇ
  4. Rōmaji transcription of ウェ

Jawe

Etymology

From Proto-Oceanic *waiʀ, from Proto-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun

we

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

References

  • André-Georges Haudricourt, Françoise Ozanne-Rivierre, Dictionnaire thématique des langues de la région de Hienghène (1982)

Kikuyu

Pronunciation

Pronoun

we (third person singular)

  1. he

References


Laboya

Noun

we

  1. water

References


Lower Sorbian

Pronunciation

Preposition

we (with locative)

  1. Alternative form of w (especially before labial consonants and consonant clusters)

Mapudungun

Adjective

we (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. new, recent

References

  • Wixaleyiñ: Mapucezugun-wigkazugun pici hemvlcijka (Wixaleyiñ: Small Mapudungun-Spanish dictionary), Beretta, Marta; Cañumil, Dario; Cañumil, Tulio, 2008.

Middle English

Etymology 1

from Old English (we), from Proto-Germanic *wīz, *wiz (we), from Proto-Indo-European *wéy (we (plural)).

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

Pronoun

we (accusative us, we, genitive oure, possessive determiner oures)

  1. First-person plural pronoun: we
  2. First-person plural accusative pronoun: us
Descendants
  • English: we
    • Sranan Tongo: wi
  • Scots: we, wee, wa
  • Yola: wee
See also
  • wit (first person dual pronoun)
References

Etymology 2

From Old English wēa, from Proto-Germanic *waiwô. Doublet of wowe.

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

Noun

we (uncountable)

  1. woe, grief, sadness
References

Middle Low German

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old Saxon hwē, from Proto-West Germanic *hwaʀ, from Proto-Germanic *hwaz.

Pronoun

(accusative wēne or wen, dative wēme or wem, genitive wes)

  1. (interrogative, masculine, feminine) who

Etymology 2

From Proto-Germanic *wiz.

Pronoun

  1. Lua error: not enough memory Lua error: not enough memory.

Nedebang

Noun

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. blood

References

  • Gary Holton and Laura Robinson, The Internal History of the Alor-Pantar language family, in The Alor-Pantar languages: History and Typology, edited by Marian Klamer
  • transnewguinea.org (wæ), ASJP 1 (wE i.e. wɛ), ASJP 2 (we)

Nemi

Etymology

From Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory.

Noun

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. water Lua error: not enough memory

References

  • André-Georges Haudricourt, Françoise Ozanne-Rivierre, Dictionnaire thématique des langues de la région de Hienghène (1982)

North Ambrym

Etymology

From Lua error: not enough memory.

Noun

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. water

Further reading

  • Darrell T. Tryon, New Hebrides languages: an internal classification (1976)
  • George William Grace, The position of the Polynesian languages within the Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) language family (1959)

Nyâlayu

Etymology

From Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory.

Noun

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. water Lua error: not enough memory

References

  • Jim Hollyman, K. J. Hollyman, Études sur les langues du Nord de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (1991), page 81

Old English

Alternative forms

  • Lua error: not enough memory

Etymology

From Lua error: not enough memory, Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory, plural of Lua error: not enough memory. Cognate with Lua error: not enough memory (Lua error: not enough memory), Lua error: not enough memory (Lua error: not enough memory), Lua error: not enough memory (Lua error: not enough memory), Lua error: not enough memory (Lua error: not enough memory), Lua error: not enough memory (Lua error: not enough memory and Lua error: not enough memory), Lua error: not enough memory.

Pronunciation

  • Lua error: not enough memory

Pronoun

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. Lua error: not enough memory (Lua error: not enough memory)

Descendants

  • Lua error: not enough memory

Pije

Etymology

From Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory.

Noun

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. water Lua error: not enough memory

References

  • André-Georges Haudricourt, Françoise Ozanne-Rivierre, Dictionnaire thématique des langues de la région de Hienghène (1982)

Polish

Alternative forms

  • Lua error: not enough memory

Etymology

From Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory

Pronunciation

  • Lua error: not enough memory
  • (file)
    Lua error: not enough memory

Preposition

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. Lua error: not enough memory in
  2. Lua error: not enough memory into, in

Further reading

  • we in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • we in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Spanish

Etymology

Variant of Lua error: not enough memory, representing the relaxed pronunciation of the /gw/ sounds and in some cases loss of the /i/ sound.

Pronunciation

  • Lua error: not enough memory

Noun

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. Lua error: not enough memory dude, guy, buddy
  2. Lua error: not enough memory chump, punk, dumbass, idiot, jerk

Synonyms

  • Lua error: not enough memory
  • Lua error: not enough memory
  • Lua error: not enough memory
  • Lua error: not enough memory

Lua error: not enough memory


Tocharian A

cardinal numbers
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Etymology

From Lua error: not enough memory. Compare Lua error: not enough memory.

Numeral

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. two

Related terms

  • Lua error: not enough memory

Tok Pisin

Etymology

From Lua error: not enough memory.

Adverb

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. where
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Turkmen

Pronunciation

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Lua error: not enough memory

Etymology 1

Conjunction

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. and

Etymology 2

Noun

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  1. The name of the Latin-script letter [[W#Lua error: not enough memory|W]].Lua error: not enough memory

Uyghur

Noun

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. Lua error: not enough memory

Vamale

Noun

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. water

References


Welsh

Noun

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. Lua error: not enough memory

Mutation

Lua error: not enough memory


Yuaga

Etymology

From Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory, from Lua error: not enough memory.

Noun

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. water Lua error: not enough memory

References

  • Jim Hollyman, K. J. Hollyman, Études sur les langues du Nord de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (1999), page 81

Zulu

Pronoun

Lua error: not enough memory

  1. Combining stem of Lua error: not enough memory.