巴不得

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.
不得

Etymology[edit]

(to wait) +‎ 不得 (unable to).

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin bābùdé  →  bābu (toneless variant)
Zhuyin ㄅㄚ ㄅㄨˋ ㄉㄜˊ  →  ㄅㄚ ㄅㄨ˙ ㄉㄜˊ (toneless variant)
IPA (key) /pa̠⁵⁵ pu⁵¹ tɤ³⁵/  →  /pa̠⁵⁵ b̥u² tɤ³⁵/

Verb[edit]

巴不得 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin bābude)

  1. (colloquial) to be only too anxious (to do something); to eagerly look forward to
    巴不得回家
    I can't wait for you to finally return home!

References[edit]

  • "巴不得" (in Mandarin), nciku.com. URL accessed on 2009-06-18.