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English

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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.)
    • (deprecated use of |lang= parameter)
      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, generally considered patronising) A second- or third-person pronoun for a person in the speaker's care.
    How are we feeling this morning?

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

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

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

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)

Lamboya

Noun

we

  1. water

References

  • ABVD
  • Blust's Austronesian Comparative Dictionary

Lower Sorbian

Pronunciation

Preposition

we (with locative)

  1. (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
  • 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-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. (personal, first person, plural, nominative) .

Nedebang

Noun

we

  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 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)

North Ambrym

Etymology

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun

we

  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 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

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

Old English

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *wiz, *wīz, from Proto-Indo-European *wéy-, plural of *éǵh₂. Cognate with Old Frisian (West Frisian wy), Old Saxon (Low German wi), Old Dutch (Dutch wij), Old High German wir (German wir), Old Norse vér (Danish and Swedish vi), Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐍃 (weis).

Pronunciation

Pronoun

(personal pronoun)

  1. we (nominative plural of )

Descendants

  • Middle English: we, whe, ve, woe, wue, weo, , hwe, vue, huue
    • English: we
    • Scots: we, wee, wa
    • Yola: wee

Pije

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)

Polish

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *vъ(n), from Proto-Indo-European *én

Pronunciation

Preposition

we (before words that begin with awkward consonant clusters)

  1. (+ locative) in
  2. (+ accusative) into, in

Spanish

Etymology

Variant of güey, representing the relaxed pronunciation of the /gw/ sounds and in some cases loss of the /i/ sound.

Pronunciation

Noun

we m or f (plural wees)

  1. (colloquial) dude, guy, buddy
  2. (Mexico, colloquial slang) chump, punk, dumbass, idiot, jerk

Synonyms


Tocharian A

Etymology

From Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁. Compare also wu.

Numeral

we f

  1. two

Related terms


Tok Pisin

Etymology

From English where.

Adverb

we

  1. where
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Port Moresby: Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, 3:9:
      Tasol God, Bikpela i singaut long man na i tok, “Yu stap we?”
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
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Turkmen

Pronunciation

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Etymology 1

Conjunction

we

  1. and

Etymology 2

Noun

we (definite accusative ?, plural ?)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter W.

Uyghur

Noun

we

  1. Latin (ULY) transcription of ۋە(we)

Vamale

Noun

we

  1. water

References


Welsh

Noun

we


Yuaga

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

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

Zulu

Pronoun

-we

  1. Combining stem of wena.