秋波

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

(autumn) + (waves)

Originally used by poets such as Li Bai for its literal meaning. Later poets such as Su Shi used this phrase as a metaphor for the beauty of a woman's eyes. This is the colloquial usage that we see today.

Noun[edit]

秋波 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin qiūbō)

  1. bright eyes of a beautiful woman

Usage notes[edit]

This phrase can also be used in the context of someone who figuratively bats their eyes (as a way to get something that they want).

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