他妈的

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl.
trad. 他媽的

Etymology[edit]

Etymology unclear. Literally: "his mother's". Possibly an abbreviated form of 他妈的 (fuck his mother's vagina), a profanity phrase which is circumlocutory for 妈的 (fuck your mother's vagina), with the initial and final profanity characters omitted.

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin tāmāde
Zhuyin ㄊㄚ ㄇㄚ ㄉㄜ˙
IPA (key) /tʰa̠⁵⁵ ma̠⁵⁵ d̥ə²/

Phrase[edit]

他妈的 (simplified, Pinyin tāmāde, traditional 他媽的)

  1. fuck, fucking, up yours
    他妈的
    Fuck you.
    他妈的什么人头儿! ——鲁迅《坟·论“他妈的”》
    Fuck. Not paying after taking a ride. What kind of person is this!
    咣啷刀叉:“他妈。”
    "Bang." He threw the cutlery onto the table, and sweared, "This food is fucking shit."
    他妈的抠门
    Fuck, only five dollars. You are so fucking stingy.

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