井底之蛙

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Chinese[edit]

warn; well
 
background; bottom; base; (possessive part.); (subor. part.)
's; him/her/it; this frog
simp. and trad.
(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:

井鼃 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
井鼃 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Zhuangzi, circa 3rd – 2nd centuries BCE
Jǐngwā bù kě yǐ yù yú hǎi zhě, jū yú xū yě. [Pinyin]
A frog in a well would not be able to put into words (the idea) of an ocean. (To the frog, the concept is) confined to the abstract.

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

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):

Others: