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dictionary of the swatow dialect.
12 A storey; a tier; a strata.
cí kâi thah káu în; this pagoda has seven storeys. châ thîap cò̤ cêk în cêk în; lay the bundles of wood up in tiers. bé-thâu kâi cîeh kih cêk în cêk în; the stones of the pier are laid in tiers. kheng thâh cêk în cêk în; the baskets are piled up in tiers. thîap lô̤h ŭ kúi în? How many tiers have you put in place? lṳ́ sìo thóiⁿ cêk în ŭ jîeh cōi kâi; count and see how many there are in one tier.
în cîⁿ; money, bullion, specie, silver. cí kâi úa bói ngŏ-câp kâi în-cîⁿ; I bought this for fifty silver pieces. cí kâi ēng kúi kâi în-cîⁿ cìaⁿ bói tit tîeh? What amount of money will be required in order to purchase this?
9 A halo around the sun or moon, or vapors condensing around them.
gûeh īn; a halo around the moon. thóiⁿ tîeh kâi īn; see the halo. cêk kâi īn; a ring of vapor around the sun or moon. thâu hui-hui-cng, chin-chĭe tó̤ īn; my head swims as if I were dazed. jît īn; a haze around the sun.
6 To soar; to hover over.
cí nŏ̤ ciah tó̤ īn kâi, kâi sĭ tī-tîang kâi hún-cío; whose are the two doves that are circling in the air? tŏ̤ pùaⁿ-thiⁿ tó̤ īn; soaring in mid-heaven. pue tŏ̤ hûn-twn kò̤ īn; fly upward and soar among the clouds. īn kàu khuah-khuah; soar far and wide.
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4 A fairy, fay, or hobgoblin.
io-kùai; an elf. io-ciaⁿ; a fairy. io-ciaⁿ kúi-kùai; fays and imps. io-khì; an apparition. thóiⁿ tîeh io-khì sĕng căi; saw throngs of bogies. io-ngân; ghost-stories. io-ngîak; prodigies. i kâi io huap tōa; his spells are forceful. chíaⁿ i lâi siu io; ask him to come and control the elves. tṳ̂ io-kùai; remove the elfins. khu-tôk io-sîa; drive out the imps. cìe io kìaⁿ; a mirror in which fairies may be seen. io- ; to ogle; to try to be fascinating.
13 To ask; to engage to do.
io úa khṳ̀ thit-thô̤; he asked me to go out for recreation with him. io lṳ́ cò̤-pû lâi khṳ̀; ask you to go along with them. àiⁿ io i tâng khṳ̀ a m̆? Are you going to ask him to go too?
0 The ace in dice; minute; atomic.
io jī saⁿ sì ngŏ lâk; the spots upon dice. pûah tîeh lâk kâi io; threw six aces. io-môⁿ; microscopic; very minute.
3 To cry out; to shout.
io-toah; bawl out. io tn̂g; call the court to order. cŏ̤ lô̤h khṳ̀ cē io tn̂g, i cū kiaⁿ kàu tó̤ tòng; when they sat down and called the court to order, he was so frightened that he trembled. io-io toah-toah; yelling and shouting.
2 Hungry; famished.
i kâi tó io; he is half-famished. io-gō̤ kúi; a hungry imp. tó io, cū kōi cîah; when the stomach is empty, eating is easy.
3 To make an agreement; to be bound; to restrict; to seek for; to expostulate with; to examine into.
kú io put bûang; do not disregard the old agreement. i sĭ ŭ io-khîu kâi sim; he has an inquiring mind. io-kun; to force a course by threats of consequences; to take a stand from which there can be no further demur.
4 An interrogative particle, implying dissent.
cêk īeⁿ cṳ́ keⁿ io ŭ nŏ̤ īeⁿ bī; one mess of pottage cannot have two different flavours. io ŭ ko̤h īeⁿ? How can there be any different sort? io ŭ cí kâi tŏ̤-lí? How can that be right? io hó̤ cìeⁿ-seⁿ; m̄ hó̤; why should you do that; it will not do. io hó̤ kẃn-thăi i cìeⁿ-seⁿ! Why should you treat him like that!
7 Rather; slightly; for the most part; somewhat more.
taⁿ ío tōa lío; is now somewhat larger. ío kûiⁿ; rather taller. chūe kâi ío sòi kâi kèng hó̤; to seek out a smaller one would be better. cá m̄ pat, -kim ío pat; formerly he did not understand, but now he partially understands. hṳ́ tiang-sî ē-ē àiⁿ phah i, taⁿ ío sieh i; she then frequently beat him, but now she is kinder to him.
1077 Quiet; retiring; tranquil.
seⁿ lâi ío-thío căi; she is naturally very refined. thóiⁿ tîeh i ío-ío thío-thío cū huaⁿ-hí; when he saw that she had a refined appearance, he rejoiced.