吃飯

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See also: 吃饭 and 喫饭

Chinese[edit]

 
eat; eradicate; destroy; receive; stammer
 
food; cuisine; cooked rice; meal
trad. (吃飯)
simp. (吃饭)

Etymology[edit]

  • Literally: to eat cooked rice (rice being such a staple, that it extends into generality)

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

吃飯

  1. to eat
    筷子吃飯 / 筷子吃饭  ―  yòng kuàizi chīfàn  ―  to eat with chopsticks
    喜歡吃飯 / 喜欢吃饭  ―  Tā hěn xǐhuān chīfàn.  ―  He loves to eat.
    吃飯 / 吃饭  ―  chīfàn le ma?  ―  Have you eaten? (also a greeting)
    /   ―  chī guò fàn ma?  ―  Have you eaten? (also a greeting)
    吃飯沒有 / 吃饭没有  ―  chīfàn le méiyǒu?  ―  Have you eaten? (also a greeting)
    𠲎 [Shanghainese, trad.]
    𠲎 [Shanghainese, simp.]
    Have you eaten? (also a greeting)
  2. to have a meal
    明天一起吃飯知道沒有時間 [MSC, trad.]
    明天一起吃饭知道没有时间 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ xiǎng yuē nǐ míngtiān yīqǐ qù chīfàn, bù zhīdào nǐ yǒu méiyǒu shíjiān. [Pinyin]
    I'd like to invite you out to have a meal tomorrow, if you have time.
  3. (dated) to make a living
    什麼吃飯 / 什么吃饭  ―  Nǐ kào shénme chīfàn?  ―  What do you do for a living?
    現在失業除了房租吃飯壓力 [MSC, trad.]
    现在失业除了房租吃饭压力 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ xiànzài shīyè, chúle jiāo fángzū, hái yào chīfàn a, yālì dà a. [Pinyin]
    I'm out of work at the moment. Apart from paying rent I also have to make a living; it's very stressful.

Usage notes[edit]

Chinese use the sentence 吃飯 / 吃饭  ―  chīfàn le ma?  ―  Have you eaten? as a greeting. Its function is equivalent to How’s it going? or How are you? in English.

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