夜貓子

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Chinese[edit]

night cat; pussy
 
child; son; (noun suff.); small thing; midnight; 11 p.m.-1 a.m.; seed; egg; 1st earthly branch
trad. (夜貓子)
simp. (夜猫子)
Literally: “night cat”.

Etymology[edit]

From (, “night”) + (māo, “cat”) + () (noun suffix), as owls are nocturnal.

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

夜貓子 (classifiers (zhī), ())

  1. (slang) owl
  2. (slang, figuratively) night owl
    夜貓子還是早起 [MSC, trad.]
    夜猫子还是早起 [MSC, simp.]
    Nǐ shì ge yèmāozǐ, háishì zǎoqǐ zhě? [Pinyin]
    Are you a night owl or an early bird?

References[edit]

  • Li, Shujuan (2008) Popular Chinese Expressions (流行汉语) (in English/Mandarin), 2nd edition, Beijing: Sinolingua, ISBN 978-7-80200-388-0