支吾

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

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]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin zhīwú, zhīwu
Zhuyin ㄓ ㄨˊ , ㄓ ㄨ5
IPA (key) / ʈ͡ʂʐ̩⁵⁵ wu³⁵ ³ ʈ͡ʂʐ̩⁵⁵ wu²/

Verb[edit]

支吾 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin zhīwú, zhīwu)

  1. to falter, to prevaricate, to equivocate

Derived terms[edit]