支吾

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Chinese[edit]

 
(a measure word); to support; to sustain; to erect; to raise; branch; division; to draw money
I; my
simp. and trad.
(支吾)

Etymology[edit]

From  ("to support, to put up") +  ("to resist, to withstand"). The semantic development was "to support > to resist, to defy > to cope with, to deal with > to (fail to) resist > to stall off, to boggle > to falter, to equivocate". All other senses are basically obsolete in the modern language.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

支吾

  1. to falter, to prevaricate, to equivocate

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