ㄍㄧㄥ

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Mandarin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Min Nan, possibly (kēng) or (keng).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

(Taiwanese Mandarin)

  1. obstinate
  2. nonexpressive and nervously tense; rarely showing feelings; inhibited; stiff and uncomfortable
    大家不熟時候ㄍㄧㄥ。 [MSC, trad.]
    大家不熟时候ㄍㄧㄥ。 [MSC, simp.]
    Gēn dàjiā bùshú de shíhòu hěn gīng. [Pinyin]
    When he's around people he's not familiar with, he gets very tense.

Antonyms[edit]

Adverb[edit]

(Taiwanese Mandarin)

  1. obstinately

Verb[edit]

(Taiwanese Mandarin)

  1. to hold on firmly despite extreme adversity, pain, etc.

Synonyms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Loanwords from Taiwanese Min Nan are occasionally written in Bopomofo, so as to alert the reader that the word should be pronounced according to its sound in Min Nan rather than Mandarin.