點心

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Chinese[edit]

simpl.
trad.

Etymology[edit]

From  ("dot, point; to light, to kindle; to touch briefly") +  ("heart"). First appeared during the Tang era, e.g. from the Book of Tang:

「唐鄭為江淮留侯,家人備夫人晨饌,夫人謂其弟曰:『治妝未畢,我未及餐,爾且可點心。』」
Tang Zheng was the official for the Jianghuai region. (One day), after the servants prepared the morning meal, Tang's wife said to his brother, 'I have not finished doing my makeup. You can have some snacks (lit. refresh your hearts) before I am ready to eat.

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

點心

  1. snack; light refreshment
  2. dim sum
  3. pastry

Verb[edit]

點心

  1. (slang) to snack to satisfy one's hunger
  2. (slang) to think over; to consider; to ponder

Synonyms[edit]

  • (to snack to satisfy one's hunger): 點飢点饥 (diǎnjī)

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
てん
Hyōgaiji
しん
Grade: 2
on'yomi

Noun[edit]

點心 (kyūjitai kanji, shinjitai kanji 点心, hiragana てんしん, romaji tenshin)

  1. 点心: snack; dim sum

Korean[edit]

Hanja in this word

Noun[edit]

點心 (jeomsim) (hangeul 점심)

  1. Hanja form? of 점심, “lunch, luncheon”.

Vietnamese[edit]

Hán tự in this word

Noun[edit]

點心

  1. Hán tự form of điểm tâm, "breakfast"