老子

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老子

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

Pronoun[edit]

老子

  1. (slang) I, me

Noun[edit]

老子

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

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
おい
Grade: 4
こ > ご
Grade: 1
kun'yomi

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]

Kanji in this term
ろう
Grade: 4

Grade: 1
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese.

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

  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 Chinese 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