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Ma

Ma

(mä)
,
Noun.
[Cf.
Mamma
.]
1.
A child’s word for
mother
.
2.
[Hind.]
In Oriental countries, a respectful form of address given to a woman; mother.
Balfour (Cyc. of India).

Ma

,
c
onj.
[It.]
(Mus.)
But; – used in cautionary phrases;
as, “Vivace,
ma
non troppo presto” (i. e., lively, but not too quick)
.
Moore (Encyc. of Music).

Definition 2022


Ma

Ma

See also: ма

Translingual

Symbol

Ma

  1. (fluid mechanics) Symbol for the Mach number.
  2. (metrology) Symbol for mega-annum (or megayears ago), a unit of time equal to one million (106) years.

English

Abbreviation

Ma

  1. May

Usage notes

  • Sometimes also written in lowercase as ma.

Etymology 2

Transcription of ().

Proper noun

Ma

  1. A common surname of East Asian derivation.

Translations

Etymology 3

Proper noun

Ma

  1. A language spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

See also

  • Wiktionary's coverage of Ma terms

ma

ma

See also: Appendix:Variations of "ma"

English

Noun

ma (plural mas)

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

Etymology 2

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

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

Etymology 3

Abbreviation.

Abbreviation

ma

  1. May
Usage notes
  • Usually capitalised as Ma.

Etymology 4

From my

Determiner

ma

  1. (dialectal) Alternative spelling of my

Anagrams


Afrikaans

Noun

ma (plural ma's)

  1. mom, mother

Derived terms

  • ouma

Antonyms

Synonyms


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

Noun

ma f (plural mas)

  1. mother

Synonyms


Breton

Pronoun

ma

  1. my

Interjection

ma

  1. good!

Conjunction

ma

  1. that
  2. if

Synonyms


Catalan

Determiner

ma

  1. feminine singular of mon

Dorze

Noun

ma

  1. bee (insect)

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -aː

Noun

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

  1. (informal) mother

Synonyms

See also


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

Possessee
Singular Plural
Masculine Feminine
Possessor Singular First person mon ma mes
Second person ton ta tes
Third person son sa ses
Plural First person notre nos
Second person votre vos
Third person leur leurs

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.[1]

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈmɒ]

Adverb

ma

  1. today
    • 1975, Imre Kertész, Sorstalanság, Budapest: Magvető Könyvkiadó (2016), ISBN 9789631424645, page 5:
      Ma nem mentem iskolába. Azaz mentem, de csak, hogy hazakéredzkedjem az osztályfőnökömtől.

Noun

ma (plural mák)

  1. today

Declension

Inflection (stem in long/high vowel, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative ma mák
accusative mát mákat
dative mának máknak
instrumental mával mákkal
causal-final máért mákért
translative mává mákká
terminative máig mákig
essive-formal maként mákként
essive-modal
inessive mában mákban
superessive mán mákon
adessive mánál máknál
illative mába mákba
sublative mára mákra
allative mához mákhoz
elative mából mákból
delative máról mákról
ablative mától máktól
Possessive forms of ma
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. mám máim
2nd person sing. mád máid
3rd person sing. mája mái
1st person plural mánk máink
2nd person plural mátok máitok
3rd person plural májuk máik

Derived terms

Related terms

References

  1. Gábor Zaicz, Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete, Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, ISBN 963 7094 01 6

Ido

Etymology

From French mais, Italian ma, Spanish mas from Latin magis, adverbial form of magnus, from Proto-Indo-European *maǵ- or *meǵh₂-.

Conjunction

ma

  1. but

Interlingua

Etymology

From Italian. Compare Spanish mas.

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.[1]

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -a

Conjunction

ma

  1. but

See also

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

  1. Angelo Prati, "Vocabolario Etimologico Italiano", Torino, 1951

Japanese

Romanization

ma

  1. rōmaji reading of
  2. rōmaji reading of

Keoru-Ahia

Noun

ma

  1. water

References


Ladino

Etymology

From Italian mai, from Latin magis.

Conjunction

ma (Latin spelling)

  1. but
  2. why

Livonian

Alternative forms

Etymology

See etymology at Finnish me.

Pronoun

ma

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

Declension

See also

References

Renāte Blumberga, Tapio Mäkeläinen, Karl Pajusalu (2013), Lībieši: vēsture, valoda un kultūra, Rīga: Līvõ Kultūr sidām, ISBN 978-9984-49-730-3


Lojban

Cmavo

ma

  1. (interrogative, pro-sumti) Used as a sumti, the word indicates asking for that sumti; thus it is equivalent to any of the English question words "who", "where", "how", etc.

See also


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
  5. Pinyin transcription of
  6. Pinyin transcription of ,
  7. Nonstandard spelling of .
  8. Nonstandard spelling of .
  9. Nonstandard spelling of .
  10. 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

Neapolitan

Etymology

From Latin magis. Compare Italian ma, French mais.

Conjunction

ma

  1. but

Nigerian Pidgin

Etymology

From English my.

Determiner

ma

  1. my

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


Orokolo

Noun

ma

  1. water

References


Pipil

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /maː/

Particle

  1. Subjunctive marker
    Nechilwijket ma nikinkwepili musta
    They told me to return it to them tomorrow
    Tikajkawat ma seseya pal tikwat
    We leave it to cool down so we can eat it
  2. Short for maka. (Negative imperative marker)
    Ma shina kiuni!
    Don't say that!

Usage notes

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

Verb

-má

  1. Short for -maka.

Pitjantjatjara

Adverb

ma

  1. away

Pohnpeian

Conjunction

ma

  1. if

Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ma/

Verb

ma

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

Pronoun

ma

  1. feminine nominative singular of mój

Synonyms


Samoan

Conjunction

ma

  1. and
  2. because

Preposition

ma

  1. with

Scots

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ma/, /mə/

Pronoun

ma

  1. my

Scottish Gaelic

Conjunction

ma

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

Usage notes


Suri

Noun

ma

  1. water

References

  • 1999, Michael Bryant, Aspects of Tirmaga Grammar

Tahitian

Conjunction

ma

  1. and

Preposition

ma

  1. with

Tairuma

Noun

ma

  1. Alternative form of ma'a

References


Toaripi

Noun

ma

  1. (Toaripi, Kaipi, Sepoe) water

References


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

Inflection of ma
nominative sing. ma
genitive sing. man
partitive sing. mad
partitive plur. maid
singular plural
nominative ma mad
accusative man mad
genitive man maiden
partitive mad maid
essive-instructive man main
translative maks maikš
inessive mas maiš
elative maspäi maišpäi
illative ? maihe
adessive mal mail
ablative malpäi mailpäi
allative male maile
abessive mata maita
comitative manke maidenke
prolative madme maidme
approximative I manno maidenno
approximative II mannoks maidennoks
egressive mannopäi maidennopäi
terminative I ? maihesai
terminative II malesai mailesai
terminative III massai
additive I ? maihepäi
additive II malepäi mailepäi

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


Vietnamese

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

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

Noun

ma

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

Etymology 2

Sino-Vietnamese word from

Noun

ma

  1. (archaic) a demon
  2. (archaic) magic
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
Synonyms

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 3110393557)
  • Bartolomé Tavera-Acosta, En el sur: (Dialectos indígenas de Venezuela) (1907)

Zhuang

Etymology

Compare Lao ໝາ (), Lü ᦖᦱ (máa), Shan မႃ (maa), Thai หมา (mǎa).

Noun

ma

  1. dog

Zulu

Verb

-ma

  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

Conjugation

This verb needs an inflection-table template.