Discussion in 'العربية (Arabic)' started by jmt356, Feb 3, 2014.
Is رضيع a unisex term? If not, is رضيعة the feminine?
رضيعة is the feminine
رضيع is for both masculine and feminine. Many people add the feminine marker (i.e. رضيعة) but رضيع is more proper.
I can find رضيع is only masculine
نقول طفل رضيع ولا نستطيع ان نقول طفلة رضيع
[h=1]معنى رضيع في قاموس المعاني[/h]
رضيع مؤنثه رضيعة
According to المعاني, the feminine of رضيع is رضيعة:
I believe it would be incorrect to say طفلة رضيع in referring to a female. I believe the proper form is therefore طفلة رضيعة.
1. المعاني is not a dictionary, it is a website allowing access to dictionaries.
2. معجم اللغة العربية المعاصر is exactly what it's called: modern. Classical ways are the origin and are considered more proper.
See here: http://www.alfaseeh.com/vb/archive/index.php/t-2671.html
and here: http://www.alfaseeh.com/vb/archive/index.php/t-36507.html
Thank you for pointing this out. I now see that many dictionaries are cited on معاني, but only one of them - معجم العربية المعاصر - uses the term رضيعة.
But if رضيعة is not used in formal Arabic, then how is (female) baby said?
Both are correct because طفل also works for both masculine and feminine (!), but if you want to make it clear that she's female and the context doesn't provide any other clues to that, you would say طفلة رضيع. (In MSA, as opposed to Classical Arabic, it's rare to use طفل for female, so you can just say طفلة رضيع at all times).
للاعتناء بطفلتك الرضيع، تأكد من ضبط درجة حرارة المكيف كي لا تكون الغرفة باردة
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