东西

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. 西
trad. 西

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

东西

  1. east and west, from east to west

Noun[edit]

东西

  1. (Mandarin, typically toneless) something, thing

Synonyms[edit]

Cantonese

Min Nan

Usage notes[edit]

  • In Mandarin, whilst 东西 can mean thing in either a physical or abstract sense, 事情 (shìqing) only means thing in an abstract sense.
  • Unlike Mandarin, 东西 does not mean something or thing in Min Nan. Use 物件 (mi̍h-kiāⁿ) instead. For thing in the abstract sense, use 代誌, 代志 (tāi-chì).