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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

Originally a variant of . This eventually gave rise to the compound (itself a variant of 麼), originally ("small") but later used for the interrogative particle me (as in 什麽 shénme, 怎麽 zěnme, etc.). The simplified form removes the component from me, but retains it in (as in 幺麽 yāomó, "insignificant").

Han character[edit]

(radical 4 丿+2, 3 strokes, cangjie input 竹戈 (HI), four-corner 20732, composition丿)

  1. interrogative particle
  2. repetition of a tune small
  3. tender

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 82, character 3
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 121
  • Dae Jaweon: page 165, character 9
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 33, character 2
  • Unihan data for U+4E48

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Yale mo1)

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(uncommon “Hyōgai” kanji)

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Readings[edit]


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(yo) (hangeul , revised yo, McCune-Reischauer yo)

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Mandarin[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(simplified , Pinyin ma (ma5), me (me5), (mo3), mo (mo5), yāo (yao1), Wade-Giles ma5, *me5, mo3, mo5, yao1)

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Particle[edit]

(simplified, Pinyin me, traditional or )

  1. interrogative suffix
    什么 what
    为什么 why
    怎么 how

Particle[edit]

(simplified, Pinyin ma, traditional or )

  1. interrogative final particule
    你记得我? nǐ jìde wǒ ma?
    Do you remember me?

Particle[edit]

(simplified, Pinyin , traditional or )

  1. exclamatory final particule

Adjective[edit]

(traditional, Pinyin yāo, simplified )

  1. youngest
    老么 informal manner of referring to the last (youngest) child in a family

Noun[edit]

(traditional, simplified )

  1. one (when spelling number on phone or in military)
  2. ace, one on dice or dominoes

Proper noun[edit]

(traditional, Pinyin yāo, simplified )

  1. A surname​.

References[edit]

  • "" (in Mandarin/English), MDBG English to Chinese dictionary ( Based on CC-CEDICT ). URL accessed on 2014-02-14.