半吊子

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Chinese[edit]

 
half; semi-; incomplete; (after a number) and a half
to hang a person
 
child; son; (noun suff.); small thing; midnight; 11 p.m.-1 a.m.; seed; egg; 1st earthly branch
trad. (半吊子/半弔子) /
simp. (半吊子)
Literally: “one who is half a diao”.

Etymology[edit]

In ancient China, a diao () was a thousand copper coins strung together. Half a diao (半吊) referred to five hundred coins, and became to be used metaphorically for someone who is deficient in skills or mental capacity. Compare 二百五 (èrbǎiwǔ).

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Noun[edit]

半吊子

  1. (figuratively, colloquial, pejorative) one who lacks adequate knowledge or skills; dilettante; smatterer; dabbler
  2. (figuratively, colloquial, pejorative) hot-headed or impulsive person; one who leaves tasks unfinished, or the tasks which are unfinished