歇后语

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl.
trad. 歇後語

Etymology[edit]

Literally: words after a pause

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin xiēhòuyǔ
Zhuyin ㄒㄧㄝ ㄏㄡˋ ㄩˇ
IPA (key) /ɕi̯ɛ⁵⁵ xoʊ̯⁵¹ y²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/

Noun[edit]

歇后语 (simplified, Pinyin xiēhòuyǔ, traditional 歇後語)

  1. An idiomatic two part double pun. Part one is akin to a riddle, while part two is usually a double pun based on part one. The second part is often omitted. An example in English might be, "Make like a tree, and leave."

Usage notes[edit]

  1. ^ law (fǎ) and hair 发 (fǎ) are homophones in Chinese.
  2. ^ literally means sky, but it is also short for 天理 (heavenly justice)

See also[edit]