傀儡

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Chinese[edit]

 
puppet; grand; strange; exotic
injure; puppet
simp. and trad.
(傀儡)
alt. forms
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Etymology[edit]

From (kuǐ, “() chunk, lump”) + (lěi, “() to pile up, to accumulate”).

Semantically, “statues made of soil and timber” (Liezi) > “puppet” > “(figurative) puppet” (Qing Dynasty); also “sulks; pent-up sorrow” (Qing Dynasty).

Alternatively, Laufer connects this word with Turkish kukla (puppet), Ancient Greek κούκλα (koúkla, doll, puppet) in Oriental Theatricals.

Pronunciation 1[edit]


Note: ka-lér/ka-lé - 嘉禮 is used in the Mainland.

Noun[edit]

傀儡

  1. puppet; marionette
  2. (figuratively) puppet; someone who is manipulated by another; pawn; minion
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Pronunciation 2[edit]


Noun[edit]

傀儡

  1. (obsolete) sulks; pent-up sorrow

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
Hyōgaiji Hyōgaiji
Irregular

Perhaps cognate with (kugutsu, hand bag). Wandering artisans would put their puppets in hand bags while traveling.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Irregular reading)

Noun[edit]

傀儡 (hiragana くぐつ, rōmaji kugutsu)

  1. a puppet
  2. a female artisan who wandered from place to place, entertaining and performing with a puppet.
  3. a prostitute.

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
かい
Hyōgaiji
らい
Hyōgaiji
on'yomi

kwairai > kairai invalid IPA characters (>).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

傀儡 (hiragana かいらい, rōmaji kairai, historical hiragana くわいらい)

  1. A puppet
  2. A person who is used to use or controlled as pleased like a puppet by a 'puppetmaster'.

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Korean[edit]

Hanja in this term

Noun[edit]

傀儡 (goeroe) (hangeul 괴뢰)

  1. Hanja form? of 괴뢰, “puppet”.

Vietnamese[edit]

Hán tự in this word

Noun[edit]

傀儡

  1. Hán tự form of quỷ lỗi, “puppet”