情婦

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Chinese[edit]

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情婦

  1. mistress; paramour; the other woman

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
じょう
Grade: 5

Grade: 5
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Probably from Middle Chinese compound 情婦 (*dzhiɛng *bhiǒu). Compare modern Chinese traditional 情婦 and simplified 情妇 (qíngfù).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

情婦 (hiragana じょうふ, romaji jōfu)

  1. (dated) a female lover, a female fling, a mistress

Usage notes[edit]

Specifically refers to an extramarital female lover.[2]

Somewhat dated overtones. Often used to refer to a criminal's or player's lover;[2] compare English moll.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. 2.0 2.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan