chi

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Ancient Greek Alphabet

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Χ χ
Ancient Greek: χεῖ
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From the classical Latin transcription of the ancient Greek pronunciation /kʰi/

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Noun[edit]

chi (plural chis)

  1. The twenty-second letter of the Classical and Modern Greek alphabets.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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From former romanizations of Mandarin Chinese (), from Middle Chinese (kʰjɨ̀j or qi), from Old Chinese (*C.qʰəp-s, breath, vapor)

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chi (uncountable)

  1. (philosophy) A life force in traditional Chinese philosophy, culture, medicine, etc. related (but not limited) to breath and circulation
    • 2001Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl, p 196
      He took several deep breaths, finding his chi as Butler had taught him.
Usage note[edit]

As this is based on former romanizations of Chinese, one should be careful to distinguish its pronunciation from pinyin chi.

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Etymology 3[edit]

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From the pinyin romanization of Mandarin Chinese (chǐ)

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • English: /tʃʌ/, /tʃə/
  • Chinese: /ʈ͡ʂʰʐ̩²¹⁴/

Noun[edit]

chi (usually uncountable, plural chis)

  1. The Chinese foot, a traditional Chinese unit of length based on the human forearm
  2. (Mainland China) The Chinese unit of length standardized in 1984 as 1/3 of a meter.
  3. (Taiwan) The Taiwanese unit of length standardized as 10/33 of a meter, identical to the Japanese shaku.
  4. (Hong Kong) The chek or Hong Kong foot, a unit of length standardized as 0.371475 meters.
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  • shaku, the equivalent Japanese unit

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Amuzgo[edit]

Noun[edit]

chi

  1. grandfather

Adverb[edit]

chi

  1. not

Atsahuaca[edit]

Noun[edit]

chi

  1. fire

Chickasaw[edit]

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Pronoun[edit]

chi

  1. you

Pronoun[edit]

chi

  1. my

Cornish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *tegos, from Proto-Indo-European *tegos (cover, roof).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Revived Middle Cornish) IPA(key): [tʃiː]

Noun[edit]

chi m (plural chiow, treven)

  1. house

Esperanto[edit]

Particle[edit]

chi

  1. H-system spelling of ĉi

Italian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin quis.

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Pronoun[edit]

chi

  1. (interrogative pronoun) who, whom
  2. (interrogative pronoun) whoever

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin qui.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Pronoun[edit]

chi

  1. (relative pronoun) who, whom
  2. (relative pronoun) whoever

Noun[edit]

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chi m, f (invariable)

  1. chi (Greek letter)

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

chi

  1. rōmaji reading of
  2. rōmaji reading of

Jèrriais[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

chi m (feminine chiéthe, masculine plural chis, feminine plural chiéthes)

  1. Alternative form of chièr

Ladin[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

chi

  1. who, whoever

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

chi

  1. Nonstandard spelling of chī.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of chí.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of chǐ.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of chì.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

chi

  1. leg, limb
  2. line of descent

Verb[edit]

chi

  1. to spend (money), to pay out, to disburse


Welsh[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Welsh chwi, from Proto-Celtic *swīs (compare Breton c'hwi, Cornish hwi, Old Irish síi), from Proto-Indo-European *wos.

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Pronoun[edit]

chi

  1. you (plural; polite)
Usage notes[edit]

Chi is primarily a feature of Colloquial Welsh. Literary Welsh uses chwi instead. In the singular, chi is a polite form like French vous or German Sie.

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

chi m

  1. aspirated form of ci
Mutation[edit]
Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
ci gi nghi chi
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.