老子

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
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Etymology 1[edit]

Compound of 老い (oi, stem of verb oiru, to become old) +‎ (ko, child). The ko changes to go due to rendaku (連濁).

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Noun[edit]

老子 (hiragana おいご, romaji oigo)

  1. a child of older parents
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Chinese.

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老子 (hiragana ろうし, historical hiragana らうし, romaji Rōshi)

  1. Laozi, a philosopher of ancient China
  2. the Tao Te Ching, a book of philosophy supposedly written by Laozi
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Etymology 3[edit]

From the English pronunciation of Lao-Tsu, from Mandarin 老子 (Lǎozi).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ɺ̠äo̞t͡sɯᵝː]

Proper noun[edit]

老子 (katakana ラオツー, romaji Raotsū)

  1. Laozi, a philosopher of ancient China

Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin Lǎozǐ
Zhuyin ㄌㄠˇ ㄗˇ
IPA (key) /lɑʊ̯²¹⁴⁻³⁵ t͡sz̩²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/
Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin lǎozi
Zhuyin ㄌㄠˇ ㄗ˙
IPA (key) /lɑʊ̯²¹⁴ d͡z̥z̩⁴/

Proper noun[edit]

老子 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin Lǎozǐ)

  1. Laozi, A Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism who lived between 604 BCE and 531 BCE
老子

Pronoun[edit]

老子 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin lǎozi)

  1. (slang) I, me

Noun[edit]

老子 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin lǎozi)

  1. (slang) father
  2. (dated or regional) son; young man (i.e. a mother scolding her son)

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