秋波

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Chinese[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.

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

秋波

  1. autumn ripples
  2. bright eyes of a (beautiful) woman (figurative)

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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