東西

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Cantonese[edit]

simpl. 东西
trad. 西

Noun[edit]

東西 (traditional, Jyutping dung1 sai1, Yale dung1 sai1, simplified 东西)

  1. east and west, from east to west
  2. something, thing

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
西
Grade: 2 Grade: 2

Noun[edit]

東西 (hiragana とうざい, romaji tōzai)

  1. east and west

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 东西
trad. 西

Etymology[edit]

From  ("east") + 西 ("west"), literally, "east and west".

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin dōngxī  →  dōngxi (toneless final syllable variant)
Zhuyin ㄉㄨㄥ ㄒㄧ  →  ㄉㄨㄥ ㄒㄧ˙ (toneless final syllable variant)
IPA (key) /tʊŋ⁵⁵ ɕi⁵⁵/  →  /tʊŋ⁵⁵ ɕi²/
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Noun[edit]

東西 (traditional, Pinyin dōngxī, simplified 东西)

  1. east and west, from east to west

Noun[edit]

東西 (traditional, Pinyin dōngxi, simplified 东西)

  1. (Beginning Mandarin) something; thing
    東西
    wǒ hái yǒu hěn duō dōngxi yào xué
    I still have a lot (of stuff) to learn.
    東西
    wǒ yǒu dōngxi yào gěi nǐ
    I have something for you.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Whilst dōngxi 東西 can mean thing in either a physical or abstract sense, shìqing 事情 only means thing in an abstract sense.

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Min Nan[edit]

simpl. 东西
trad. 西

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ taŋ˧˧sai˥˥ ]

Noun[edit]

東西 (traditional, POJ tang-sai, traditional 東西, simplified 东西)

  1. east and west, from east to west

Usage notes[edit]