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Chinese

east west
trad. () ? ?
simp. () ? ?
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Etymology

Unknown. Many theories exist. (This etymology is missing. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium. Particularly: "needs a summary")

Pronunciation 1

Noun

  1. east and west
  2. nearby; vicinity
  3. everywhere
  4. (literary) seventy to eighty years old

Adverb

  1. from east to west

Derived terms

  • ?/? (g?j?nd?ngx?)
  • ?/? (d?ngx?nánb?i)

See also

  • (nánb?i)

Pronunciation 2

Noun

  1. (chiefly Mandarin, Gan, Hakka, Jin, Xiang) thing; stuff; something (Classifier: ?/?; ?; ?/?)
    ?????? / ??????  -  W? y?u d?ngxi yào g?i n?.  -  I have something for you.
    ????? [MSC, trad.]
    ????? [MSC, simp.]
    B? w? de d?ngxi huáng?i w?. [Pinyin]
    Give my stuff back.
    ???????? [MSC, trad.]
    ???????? [MSC, simp.]
    W? hái y?u h?n du? d?ngxi yào xué. [Pinyin]
    I still have a lot to learn.
    ??,????? [MSC, trad.]
    ??,????? [MSC, simp.]
    Bù cúnzài de d?ngxi, w? z?nme nénggòu kàn de dào? [Pinyin]
    How can I see that which does not exist?
  2. Referring to a person or animal with emotion.
Usage notes
  • In Mandarin, whilst / can mean a thing in either a physical or abstract sense, (shìqing) only means a thing in an abstract sense.
Synonyms
  • (wùp?n)
Derived terms
  • ?/? (bùshì d?ngxi)
  • / (xi?od?ngxi)
  • / (m?i d?ngxi)
Descendants
  • -> White Hmong: toobxib

Japanese

Kanji in this term
? ?

Grade: 2
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Grade: 2
on'yomi

Etymology

From Middle Chinese (MC tu? sei). (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?) The sai of ? changes to zai due to rendaku ().

Pronunciation

Noun

(hiragana ?, r?maji t?zai)

  1. east and west
  2. (by extension) all over, here and there
  3. Orient and Occident
  4. (slang) a name of a good or money, originally a Chinese slang term

Derived terms

Related terms

Interjection

(hiragana ?, r?maji t?zai)

  1. Synonym of ? ("your attention please; hear ye")

References

  1. ^ 2006, (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), T?ky?: Sanseid?, ->ISBN
  2. ^ 1998, NHK (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), T?ky?: NHK, ->ISBN

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