情夫

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Chinese[edit]

 
feeling; emotion; passion; situation
husband; man
simp. and trad.
(情夫)

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

情夫

  1. extramarital lover of a married woman

Related terms[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
じょう
Grade: 5

Grade: 4
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Probably from Middle Chinese compound 情夫 (*dzhiɛng *bio). Compare modern Mandarin 情夫 (qíngfū).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

情夫 (hiragana じょうふ, rōmaji jōfu)

  1. (dated) a male lover, a male fling, a paramour

Usage notes[edit]

Specifically refers to an extramarital male lover.[2]

Dated overtones. Implies a secret relationship. Generally being replaced in modern usage by the term 愛人 (​aijin).[2]

Synonyms[edit]

  • 隠し男 (かくしおとこ, ​kakushi otoko): literally hidden man
  • 色男 (いろおとこ, ​iro otoko): literally "colorful" man (alluding to a sexual relationship)
  • 愛人 (あいじん, ​aijin): a lover (often, but not necessarily, refers to an extramarital relationship)
  • 間男 (まおとこ, ​maotoko): a paramour, a man on the side

Related terms[edit]

  • 情婦 (じょうふ, ​jōfu): a female lover, a female fling, a mistress (specifically refers to an extramarital female lover)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. 2.0 2.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan