井底之蛙

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Chinese[edit]

warn; well
 
background; bottom; base
background; bottom; base; (possessive part.); (subor. part.)
's; him/her/it; this frog
trad. (井底之蛙)
simp. #(井底之蛙)
Literally: “a frog at the bottom of a well (who can only see a small part of the sky through the opening)”.

Etymology[edit]

From Zhuangzi:

可以 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
可以 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Zhuangzi, circa 3rd – 2nd centuries BCE
Jǐng wā bù kěyǐ yù yú hǎi zhě, jū yú xū yě. [Pinyin]
A frog in a well cannot be talked with about an ocean - it is confined to its own narrow place.

Note: is an ancient character for frog. In modern times, it has often been replaced with ().

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Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

井底之蛙

  1. a person of very limited outlook and experience

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Descendants[edit]

Sino-Xenic (井底之蛙):
  • Korean: 정저지와 (井底之蛙, jeongjeojiwa)

Others:

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
せい
Grade: 4
てい
Grade: 4

Jinmeiyō
かわず
Hyōgaiji
kan’on kun’yomi
For pronunciation and definitions of 井底之蛙 – see the following entry.
井底せいていかわず
[idiom] a person of very limited outlook and experience
(This term, 井底之蛙, is an alternative spelling of the above term.)