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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

Chinese[edit]

simpl. 么/
trad. 么//

Pronunciation[edit]


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (麼), Pronunciation 1/1

Initial: 明 (4)
Final: 戈
Division: I

Openness: Closed
Tone: Rising (X)

Fanqie: 亡果切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/muɑX/ /muɑX/ /muɑX/ /muɑX/ /mwaX/ /muɑX/ /muɑX/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
Corresponding
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
8709 1 /*maːlʔ/ 見尉繚子

Particle[edit]

  1. interrogative suffix
    什么 what
    为什么 why
    怎么 how

Particle[edit]

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

Particle[edit]

(simplified, Pinyin , traditional or )

  1. exclamatory final particle

Adjective[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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

Proper noun[edit]

  1. A surname​.

References[edit]

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

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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