奴才

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin núcái  →  núcai (toneless final syllable variant)
Zhuyin ㄋㄨˊ ㄘㄞˊ  →  ㄋㄨˊ ㄘㄞ˙ (toneless final syllable variant)
IPA (key) /nu³⁵ t͡sʰaɪ̯³⁵/  →  /nu³⁵ t͡sʰaɪ̯³/

Noun[edit]

奴才 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin núcái or núcai)

  1. lackey; minion; slave; flunkey

Usage notes[edit]

  • During the Ming and Qing dynasties 奴才 (núcái) was also used by court eunuchs and officials when addressing the emperor as a term of self-reference.