ちゃう

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From てしまう ‎(te shimau).[1][2][3]

/te ɕimau//t͡ɕimau//t͡ɕau/

Suffix[edit]

ちゃう ‎(romaji -chau)

  1. (colloquial) Same as てしまう ‎(te shimau).
Usage notes[edit]

Attaches to the continuative form of a verb.

Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From 違う ‎(chigau).

/t͡ɕigau//t͡ɕau/

Verb[edit]

ちゃう ‎(intransitive, godan conjugation, romaji chau)

  1. (colloquial, Kansai) Same as  (ちが) ‎(chigau).
  2. (colloquial, Kansai) Same as じゃない ‎(janai).
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Trivia[edit]

Used in a famous Kansai dialect pun, punning on ちゃうちゃう ‎(chow chow (dog)), ちゃうちゃう ‎(no, no), ちゃう ‎(isn’t it?), and ちゃう ‎(no (it isn’t)). One variant is:

A: ちゃうちゃうちゃう?
Isn’t [that] [a] chow chow?
B: ちゃうちゃう、ちゃうちゃうちゃう。
No, no – [it’s] not [a] chow chow.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  3. ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, ISBN 4-09-501211-0