手紙

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 1
かみ > がみ
Grade: 2
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of (te, hand) +‎ (kami, paper). The kami changes to gami due to rendaku (連濁).

Many kanji words have the same or similar meanings in Japanese and Chinese. Note, however, the marked difference in meanings for this word.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

手紙 (hiragana てがみ, romaji tegami)

  1. a letter, an epistle (written message or note)
  2. (archaic) utility paper used for various purposes, such as for jotting down notes or for wrapping items

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  • 2000, Jonathan Bunt, Gillian Hall, The Oxford Starter Japanese Dictionary, First Edition, New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0198601972

Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 手纸
trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin shǒuzhǐ
Zhuyin ㄕㄡˇ ㄓˇ
IPA (key) /ʂoʊ̯²¹⁴⁻³⁵ ʈ͡ʂʐ̩²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/

Noun[edit]

手紙 (traditional, Pinyin shǒuzhǐ, simplified 手纸)

  1. toilet paper
    宿舍翻箱倒柜手紙最後還是不得不跑到隔壁宿舍
    I looked all over the dormitory for some toilet paper. In the end, I was forced to go to the dormitory next door.