东西

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 西
trad. 東西

Etymology[edit]

From  ("east") + 西 ("west"), literally, "east and west".

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin dōngxī  →  dōngxi (toneless final syllable variant)
Zhuyin ㄉㄨㄥ ㄒㄧ  →  ㄉㄨㄥ ㄒㄧ˙ (toneless final syllable variant)
IPA (key) /tʊŋ⁵⁵ ɕi⁵⁵/  →  /tʊŋ⁵⁵ ɕi²/
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Noun[edit]

东西 (simplified, Pinyin dōngxī, traditional 東西)

  1. east and west, from east to west

Noun[edit]

东西 (simplified, Pinyin dōngxi, traditional 東西)

  1. (Beginning Mandarin) something; thing
    东西
    wǒ hái yǒu hěn duō dōngxi yào xué
    I still have a lot (of stuff) to learn.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Whilst dōngxi 东西 can mean thing in either a physical or abstract sense, shìqing 事情 only means thing in an abstract sense.

See also[edit]


Min Nan[edit]

simpl. 西
trad. 東西

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ taŋ˧˧sai˥˥ ]

Noun[edit]

东西 (simplified, POJ tang-sai, traditional 東西, simplified 东西)

  1. east and west, from east to west

Usage notes[edit]