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Mathieu
Tuesday 03rd of May 2005 07:00:28 PM
Words for boy/man: I wonder, how many words does your language have for boy or man (or anything in between)? So only the neutral words, that apply to all boys or men, no titles or anything.

Dutch:
Man, jongen, kerel, joch(ie), gozer, vent, gast (original meaning: guest), goochem, knaap (original meaning: male virgin), heer, meneer/mijnheer, manspersoon

English:
Man, boy, fellow/feller, bloke, lad, guy, dude, chap

Dutch has so many partly because of Bargoens (Bourgondian, thieves' jargon, which is of non-germanic origin), and maybe some of the English ones were derived from French, but I don't really know. How about your language?


kea
Tuesday 03rd of May 2005 07:06:45 PM
in Estonian: words for male persons: mees, poiss, kutt, tüüp, poika, härra, poisu, isand
Those were the words I could come up with now, maybe there are more :D


Ulven
Tuesday 03rd of May 2005 08:22:19 PM
French: fils (lit. son) - used by older generation to address a youngster
garcon (lad/boy) - becoming outdated as the term for 'waiter', as 'monsieur' is deemed less diminuative. You wouldn't use this for a teenager nowadays, whereas once upon a time it may have been commonplace.
monsieur (sir) - certainly the most reliable reference to use, the least likely to be inappropriate. French people say 'monsieur' along with greetings where other languages would not use an equivalent. It is very colloquial, unlike English 'sir'.
homme (man)
vieux (my man/dude/mate, lit. old. Perhaps short for 'old friend'). It doesn't mean the person is actually aged. It's more to do with the length of time you've known the male person. This is (was, maybe it's outdated now?) said to a close friend or buddy who you've known for a long time.
copain (chum/pal) - though often means 'boyfriend', as said by a romantic partner, so I'm unsure how comfortable one should be using this term to mean 'chum/pal'.
comrade (comrad)
mon ami - (my friend, masc.)

Await a native French person before taking my word on the social acceptability of some of these terms. I know that one can without hesitation use 'monsieur' to strangers when asking your way around, and 'mon ami' to people you're in a casual setting with.


Mathieu
Tuesday 03rd of May 2005 08:41:45 PM
Another one for english: Mate

As for 'friend', the only Dutch words for friend that I can think of:
Vriend, maat, rakker, kameraad, gezel, kennis

And English:
Friend, companion, mofo, pal, buddy, chum, comrade, homie


Aberine
Tuesday 03rd of May 2005 09:15:50 PM
Hebrew:
little boy is Yeled
male teenager is Bachur
and man is Gever

Bulgarian
момче is a boy or teenager
мъж is a man





snotra
Thursday 05th of May 2005 08:32:15 AM
in hindi

ladaka = young boy.
aadmi = adult.
Budha = old.


Hayley
Thursday 05th of May 2005 01:15:52 PM
En Español: There are quite a few in Spanish:
Chico, amigo (male friend), muchacho, jovén (young person), macho, hombre, caballero...




chudori
Saturday 04th of June 2005 07:00:35 PM
Indonesian

Boy = lelaki, laki-laki, pria

Man = lelaki, laki-laki, pria (can add dewasa meaning adult)



Psyche
Tuesday 07th of June 2005 01:14:54 AM
In Norwegian: Gutt, mann, fyr, kall, herre, pjokk, gubbe, mannfolk, pode.

After checking my synonym dictionary these also came up: Pilt, plytt, pode, pog, poik, pøyk, påsa (God, we`re fond of those p`s :P ), ryss, stakallunge, strik, svein, våk...


Stine
Tuesday 07th of June 2005 08:40:45 PM
Danish: Man/boy
Mand, hankøn, herre, karl, karlfolk, mandfolk, mandsperson, dreng, drengebarn, gamin, grønskolling, gut, gubbe, hvalp, junior, knægt, knøs, mandbarn, pilt, pog, prås, purk, yngling, fløs, fyr, svend, ungersvend

Friend
Ven, kammerat, bekendt, besøgsven, bonkammerat, broder - dusbroder - fostbroder - staldbroder (solemn and means more or less brother), fælle, husven, kammesjuk, kontubernal, legekammerat, makker, slof

Yep, that was my contribution.. There may be more :P


Daan
Tuesday 07th of June 2005 09:18:02 PM
Originally posted by Teup
Another one for english: Mate

As for 'friend', the only Dutch words for friend that I can think of:
Vriend, maat, rakker, kameraad, gezel, kennis

Kornuit, gabber, kompaan :p



Mathieu
Wednesday 08th of June 2005 04:24:05 PM
Haha you guys have alot.. I wonder why that is, maybe there are just few women living there :)

Ah, I see I forgot makker as well. Counting the words for acquaintance as well; Kennis, bekende, connectie. So the list:

Vriend, maat, rakker, kameraad, gezel, kennis, kornuit, gabber, kompaan, makker, broeder, kennis, bekende, connectie, partner.

I really wonder why there are so many in a couple of languages :D Maybe these are type of words that get lame soon, and need a cooler replacement :)


Stine
Wednesday 08th of June 2005 05:30:16 PM
Originally posted by Teup


Haha you guys have alot.. I wonder why that is, maybe there are just few women living there :)



Now I just had to find words for woman/girl ;)

Kvinde, dame, hunkøn, donna, evadatter, frue, frøken, kone, kvind, kvindemenneske, kvindekøn, kvindfolk, madamme, matrone, morlil, viv, pige, skørt, tøs, garconne, backfisch, glut, jente, mø, møbarn, pigebarn, pigelil, tulle, tøsebarn




Mathieu
Wednesday 08th of June 2005 05:42:17 PM
Hehe, that's insane :D Only Dutch ones me and my dictionary can think of:

Vrouw, meisje, meid, mens, kind, wijf, mevrouw, juffrouw, mejuffrouw, dame, griet, ding, bakvis (? never heard of..), mokkel, oma (granny, but used alot to refer to old women).

Well, not as few as I thought at least :)


Stine
Wednesday 08th of June 2005 05:46:32 PM
It has to be insane :D
Well, 15 is better than nothing ;) ..hmm, what am I saying? I just realized, every language must have at least one :p


Daan
Wednesday 08th of June 2005 10:49:27 PM
bakvis?! what have the fellows who put together that dictionary been smoking?!


Mathieu
Thursday 09th of June 2005 01:51:24 AM
Whatever it was, they passed it on to the guys at Wolters and to mr Van Dale himself;

bak·vis (de ~ (v.))
1 [archa.] tienermeisje

bak·vis II v -sen meisje van ca. 14-17 jaar

If you don't know it either perhaps it's some weird Flemish invention :D Speaking of which, I bet we could double these lists if we knew all Flemish dialects :)


Stine
Friday 10th of June 2005 01:26:43 AM
Originally posted by Freja




Friend
Ven, kammerat, bekendt, besøgsven, bonkammerat, broder - dusbroder - fostbroder - staldbroder (solemn and means more or less brother), fælle, husven, kammesjuk, kontubernal, legekammerat, makker, slof

Yep, that was my contribution.. There may be more :P

..and there were more, or well, one more.. How could I forget frænde? :p

Teup, if we used words from dialects the lists would be long.. and I would have to think :p


Daan
Friday 10th of June 2005 12:44:37 PM
Originally posted by Teup
If you don't know it either perhaps it's some weird Flemish invention :D Speaking of which, I bet we could double these lists if we knew all Flemish dialects :)
Just asked my mum, who immediately said "a teenage girl". Probably a sixties word that nobody uses anymore these days. She also wondered what this weird guy was doing on my screen :D


lianejaunty
Sunday 24th of July 2005 02:01:13 AM
In Chinese mandarin: boy=nan hai, man=nan ren, guy=xiao huo zi
beautiful boy=shuai ge



Dao_Ming_Szi
Sunday 24th of July 2005 05:00:48 PM
Originally posted by lianejaunty


boy=nan hai, man=nan ren, guy=xiao huo zi
beautiful boy=shuai ge


Ok. Please let me add Chinese characters for those who are interested:

男孩 - boy.
男人 - man.
小伙子 - guy.
帥哥 - beautiful guy (Actually, it's a handsome guy. I hope you won't mind).
:)

Additional:
老人 Lao3 Ren2 - Old man (In a polite manner).


Dolores
Monday 25th of July 2005 12:02:44 AM
boy - дијете, дјечак
youth/teenager - дечко, момче, тинејџер, адолесцент, омладинац,
young man - момак, младић
man - мушкарац, човјек-људи (pl.)


and in latin alphabet...same words:
- dijete, dječak
- dečko, momče, tinejdžer, adolescent, omladinac
- momak, mladić
- muškarac, čovjek - ljudi (pl)

There might be more...this is all that comes to my mind at the moment


icammejyb7
Monday 25th of July 2005 02:56:34 PM
IN TAGALOG: man-lalaki
teenager boy/bachelor = binata




Paul8
Wednesday 03rd of August 2005 12:01:21 PM
Persian: man - مرد - mærd (æ as in cat/actually the word is for person )
boy/son - پسر - pesær
mister/gentlemam - آقا - aqa (a as in father)



beitia
Monday 15th of August 2005 06:22:51 AM
Basque/Euskara: boy- mutil
man- gizon


Aches
Tuesday 16th of August 2005 02:08:19 AM
Boy/man: Poika, poju, mies, hemmo, jätkä, kundi, poitsu, herra, ukko, äijä, häiskä.

Girl/Woman: Tyttö, muija, nainen, neiti, rouva, ämmä, eukko.

Well that's all the Finnish words for those what I can think of.

Aches


Avi
Wednesday 17th of August 2005 09:34:02 PM
Hindi: लड़का - laṛkā, बालक bālak,- लौण्डा - lauṇḍā, छोकरा - chhokrā, बटु - baṭu, कुमार -kumār, नौजवान- naujavān, युवक -yuvak.
All with different side-meaning.
बालक bālak is very formal, लौण्डा - lauṇḍā is pejorative.



kle
Sunday 18th of September 2005 02:14:40 AM
Wow, these more or less-brothers in Danish sounds pretty weird. : )
So... In Polish:

An old man could be called: starzec, dziadek
Middle-aged male: mężczyzna, pan, facet, mąż, chłop, gość
And the youngest one: dzieciak, chłopak, chłopiec, nastolatek, małolat, młodzieniec

And also few words describing mates in polish: przyjaciel (kind of friend you could tell a secret to), kolega (just a friend from school or work either), kumpel, towarzysz, znajomy, kompan, kamrat


senzy
Saturday 01st of October 2005 02:06:56 PM
boys: Originally posted by Psyche


In Norwegian: Gutt, mann, fyr, kall, herre, pjokk, gubbe, mannfolk, pode.

After checking my synonym dictionary these also came up: Pilt, plytt, pode, pog, poik, pøyk, påsa (God, we`re fond of those p`s :P ), ryss, stakallunge, strik, svein, våk...

I would like to add; kis , kar, type


Tyrrena
Saturday 15th of October 2005 11:00:09 AM
Some more words in Spanish
Argentina: -boy: purrete (old fashioned), borrego, pendejo( this one is a strong word but not an insult when referring to a child, unless u want to sound really scornful), pibe, chiquillo, chango.
-adolescent:pibe, muchacho,{pebete, mozo, mozalbete}(last 3: old fashioned ones)
-man: tipo, sujeto, mono( generally used in the plural( los monos)
Uruguay: boy: botija




Tyrrena
Saturday 15th of October 2005 11:02:41 AM
Originally posted by Tyrrena


Some more words in Spanish
Argentina: -boy: purrete (old fashioned), borrego, pendejo( this one is a strong word but not an insult when referring to a child, unless u want to sound really scornful), pibe, chiquillo, chango.
-adolescent:pibe, muchacho,{pebete, mozo, mozalbete}(last 3: old fashioned ones)
-man: tipo, sujeto, mono( generally used in the plural( los monos)
Uruguay: boy: botija



Typing correction:
*adolescents : pibe


gzimize
Saturday 15th of October 2005 11:12:58 AM
PORTUGUESE: child - criança
boy - menino, guri, garoto, moleque (in some regions it could be offensive), pirralho (this too), pivete (a poor boy or teenager that steal things in the street)
teenager - adolescente, jovem, rapaz(the last is only used for male)
man - homem
old man - velho, ancião (a very, very old man)
girl - menina, moça, garota, moleca, pirralha, dama (old-fashioned)
woman - mulher, dona
old woman - velha, anciã

this is the better i can do


Ana_Drobot
Saturday 26th of November 2005 04:54:28 PM
ROMANIAN:
- boy = baiat
- man = barbat
- little boy = baietel
- young man = tanar

FRENCH:
- boy = garçon
- barbat = homme
- young man = jeune homme


Laura
Saturday 26th of November 2005 08:00:14 PM
In Albanian
boy: djalë, çun, çunak, djalosh(used for "lad"), shok(=mate), vogëlush (=small child),çapkën & çamarrok(=mischievous child), adoleshent (=teenager), bashkëmoshatar (=people of the same age), shakaxhi (=funny guy)

man: burrë, zotëri (=gentleman)plak (=old man), shok i dhëndrrit
(best man -> in a wedding), dhëndër (=groom or son-in-law), beqar (=bachelor), individ (=individual), , ,


Laura
Saturday 26th of November 2005 08:11:16 PM
Italian: boy:
-ragazzo
-bimbo (kid)
-bambino (child)
-figlio (son)
-fanciullo
-guaglione
-garzone (helper)
-ragazzaccio (bad boy)
-raccattapalle (ball boy)
-mozzo (cabin boy)
-ragazzo delle consegne (delivery boy)
-ometto (little boy)
-fattorino (office boy)
-tipo (guy)

man:
-uomo
-persona
-individo
-un duro (hard man)
-testimone di nozze (best man)
-omone (big man)
-vecchio sporcaccione (dirty old man)
-vecchio (old man)





Joe
Saturday 26th of November 2005 08:19:32 PM
didn't see Russian in there (if I missed it, and these are already up I apologize).

boy = мальчик
man = мужчина


Mery
Sunday 27th of November 2005 11:05:09 PM
A few more words to add to Ulven's list...

Un type, un gars, un mec: a guy

'Mec' is also an informal word for boyfriend. I think it's often used when you talk about somebody else's boyfriend. E.g. = son mec travaille dans un supermarché. Her boyfriend works in a supermarket.

I guess some girls would say: 'mon mec...'my boyfriend..., but not me. It sounds pretentious.


joziboy
Monday 28th of November 2005 01:01:55 AM
ZULU

Man - indoda, umufo, umlisa
Boy - umfana
Young man - insizwa
Middle-aged man - ikhehla
Old man - ixhegu
Boyfriend - isoka
Mankind - isintu (although it's not male in Zulu - it means 'personkind')

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