今宵

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Chinese[edit]

 
today; modern; present; current; this; now
night
trad. (今宵)
simp. #(今宵)

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

今宵

  1. tonight

Synonyms[edit]

Dialectal synonyms of 今晚 (“tonight; this evening”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 今晚今夜今宵
Mandarin Beijing 今晚今天晚上今兒晚上
Cantonese Guangzhou 今晚
Hong Kong 今晚
Hakka Sabah 今晚夜
Min Dong Fuzhou 今旦晡今晡
Min Nan Chaozhou 今暝

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
よい
Grade: S
Irregular kun’yomi

Etymology[edit]

⟨ko2 yo2pi1 → */kəjəpʲi//kojofi//kojowi//kojoi/

From Old Japanese. Compound of (ko, this) +‎ (yoi, evening).[1][2]

The use of (now) to spell the ko ("this") portion is an example of jukujikun (熟字訓), from Chinese 今宵.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

今宵 (hiragana こよい, rōmaji koyoi, historical hiragana こよひ)

  1. this evening, tonight
    • c. 759, Man'yōshū (book 14, poem 3469),[4] text here
       () () () () () () () () () () () () () ()西 () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () () [Man'yōgana]
       (ゆふ) ()にもこよひ ()らろ () ()はあぜぞもこよひ ()しろ ()まさぬ [Modern spelling]
      yūke ni mo koyoi to noraro waga sena wa aze zo mo koyoi yoshiro-kimasenu
      (please add an English translation of this example)
    Synonyms: 今晩 (konban), 今夜 (kon'ya)
  2. (in the morning, from the perspective of “this night (that has just ended)”) last night
    Synonyms: 昨晩 (sakuban), 夕べ (yūbe)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  3. ^ 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  4. ^ Satake, Akihiro; Hideo Yamada; Rikio Kudō; Masao Ōtani; Yoshiyuki Yamazaki (c. 759) Shin Nihon Koten Bungaku Taikei 3: Man’yōshū 3 (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Iwanami Shoten, published 2002, →ISBN.