乒乓

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

Graphical manipulations on (bīng, soldier), converting it into a similar-sounding onomatopoeia. First attested in Qing Dynasty and referred to the sound of collisions (during a fight). Later used as a translation of English ping pong.

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin pīngpāng  →  pīngpang (toneless final syllable variant)
Zhuyin ㄆㄧㄥ ㄆㄤ  →  ㄆㄧㄥ ㄆㄤ˙ (toneless final syllable variant)
IPA (key) /pʰiŋ⁵⁵ pʰɑŋ⁵⁵/  →  /pʰiŋ⁵⁵ pʰɑŋ²/

Noun[edit]

乒乓 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin pīngpang)

  1. sound of collision, the sound made from the impact of an object
  2. table tennis, ping pong