刻舟求劍

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See also: 刻舟求剑

Chinese[edit]

 
quarter (hour); (a measure word); to carve; to engrave; to cut; oppressive
boat
 
to seek; to look for; to request; to demand; to beseech
(double-edged) sword
trad. (刻舟求劍)
simp. (刻舟求剑)
Literally: “notch the boat in search of the sword”.

Etymology[edit]

[Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
[Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Lü Buwei, Mister Lü's Spring and Autumn Annals, 239 BCE
Chǔ rén yǒu shè jiāng zhě, qí jiàn zì zhōu zhōng zhuì yú shuǐ. Jù qì qí zhōu, yuē: shì wú jiàn zhī suǒ cóng zhuì. Zhōu zhǐ, cóng qí suǒ qì zhě rù shuǐ qiú zhī. Zhōu yǐ xíng yǐ, ér jiàn bù xíng. Qiú jiàn ruò cǐ, bù yì huò hū. [Pinyin]
There was a man from the state of Chu who was crossing a river. His sword fell from the boat into the river. He quickly made a notch on the boat saying, "This is the place where my sword fell in. When the boat stops, I will go into the water and search for my sword from the spot where I made the notch." The boat was already moving, but the sword had not moved. Is it not stupid to search for the sword in this manner?

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

刻舟求劍

  1. to not know how to adapt to changed conditions; to rigidly cling to an idea or approach without considering the reality of a situation; to stubbornly cling to tradition

Descendants[edit]

Sino-Xenic (刻舟求劍):

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Korean[edit]

Hanja in this term

Noun[edit]

刻舟求劍 (gakjugugeom) (hangeul 각주구검)

  1. Hanja form? of 각주구검.