Origin of tai

1615–25; < Japanese ta(w)i, earlier tafi


[tahy, tah-ee]
  1. a group of languages spoken in SE Asia, including Thai, Lao, and Shan.
  2. Thai.
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Tai.
  2. Thai.
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Historical Examples of tai

  • And 'tain't as if hushin' her up was something we couldn't well afford.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • You know what you hold, and if 'tain't a hand to lay down, it must be a hand to raise on.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Tain't in natur' she'll have the feelin' for me she would for her own,' I says; but I b'lieve she has, an' more too.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • If I'm off enjoyin' myself 'tain't fair as you should be up here a-workin'.

  • Yet the Emperor Tai Dsung then offered a prayer of thanks to heaven.

British Dictionary definitions for tai


adjective, noun
  1. a variant spelling of Thai


abbreviation for
  1. International Atomic Time
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