Word Summary
o: or
Original Word: אוֹ
Transliteration: o
Phonetic Spelling: (o)
Part of Speech: conjunction; noun masculine
Short Definition: or
Meaning: desire, if
Strong's Concordance
also, and, either, if, at the least, nor, or, otherwise,

Presumed to be the "constructive" or genitival form of -av {av}; short for 'avvah; desire (and so probably in Prov. 31:4); hence (by way of alternative) or, also if -- also, and, either, if, at the least, X nor, or, otherwise, then, whether.

see HEBREW 'avvah


H176. o

אוֺ320 , , ),

conjunction or (whether aut or vel).

1 Genesis 24:49; 31:43; Exodus 4:11; Song of Solomon 2:9; Leviticus 13:24; Numbers 5:30 + often (especially in laws); sometimes implying a preference, nearly = or rather Genesis 24:55 עָשׂוֺר אוֺ יָמִים‎ a few days or ten Judges 18:19; 1 Samuel 29:3. Prefixed to the first as well as to the second alternative (rare) either (whether) ... or Leviticus 5:1; 13:48, 51; = or, if not Ezekiel 21:15 (si vera lectio) Ke Malachi 2:17; Job 16:3; 22:11.

2 introducing a sentence, especially a particular case under a General principle, or = or if Exodus 21:31 וג יִגַּח ׳אוֺבֵֿןor if he gore a son, etc. 21:36; Leviticus 4:23, 28 (see Di) Leviticus 5:21; Leviticus 5:22; 25:49b; Numbers 5:14; 2 Samuel 18:13 or if I had dealt falsely against his life, then, etc., Ezekiel 14:17, 19 or if I send, etc.

3 if perchance, 1 Samuel 20:10 if perchance thy father answer thee with something hard, Leviticus 26:41.

4 once, with the jussive (as in Arabic with the subjunctive see Dr§ 175) = except: Isaiah 27:5 I would burn them together, בְּמָעֻזִּי יַחֲזֵק אוֺor else let him take hold (= except he take hold) of my strong-hold, etc.

אוּProverbs 31:4 Kt, see [אַי‎].

[אַו‎] noun masculine construct אוֺ‎, Kt Proverbs 31:4 desire, so Thes MV; but < Qr אֵי‎ q. v.