kute

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kute in sitelen pona
kute in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈku.te/
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤠 U+F1920

kute is a core content word relating to hearing and the ears.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word kute is derived from Acadian French écouter, meaning "to listen (to)".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of kute includes hearing and the ears. As a verb, it has the meaning "to hear" or "to listen". It may also refer to obeying, specifically by sense of hearing; obeying by seeing (such as, using sign or written language) may be covered by lukin.[2][3]

pu[edit | edit source]

In the "Official Toki Pona Dictionary" section, the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good defines kute as:

NOUN  ear
VERB  to hear, listen; pay attention to, obey

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as kute:

hear5, listen5, ear5, hearing5

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for kute (󱤠) represents an ear as seen from the side, usually drawn as a left ear (which would be to the viewer's right) with the opening to the left of the outline of the flap.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph for kute (kute) depicts an ear as seen from the side, similar to the sitelen pona glyph for it.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". tokipona.org. Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. jan Olipija (1 February 2021). "mi la, nimi “kute” li nasa lili". In lipu tenpo nanpa akesi (in Toki Pona). lipu tenpo.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 6.

    While kute does also mean obey, other perception words like lukin can also be used for obeying, for example if the information was conveyed visually.