加油

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Chinese[edit]

to add; plus oil; sly
simp. and trad.
(加油)
Literally: “to increase fuel”.

Etymology[edit]

It started to be used as an interjection in the '60s and '70s during the Macau Grand Prix when people start chanting "加油", urging the drivers to step on the gas pedal to increase speed.

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

加油

  1. to refuel
  2. to oil; to lubricate
  3. to accelerate; to hit the gas
  4. to make extra effort
  5. to cheer someone on

Derived terms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

加油

  1. come on!, go!
    加油  ―  Jiāyóu, nǐ néng xíng de!  ―  Come on, you can do it!
    中國加油 / 中国加油  ―  Zhōngguó, jiāyóu!  ―  Go, China!

Usage notes[edit]

  • This interjection is idiomatic. It is mainly used during sporting events, games or competitions, or just to encourage someone.