Definition of eina exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈeɪnɑː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪnɑː//
(South African English)
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used to express sudden pain Eina! That was sore! Word OriginAfrikaans, perhaps from Khoikhoi llé, interjection expressing pain, + llná, interjection expressing surprise, or perhaps from a nasalized pronunciation of Nama interjection llei. Khoikhoi and Nama are southern African languages.