情婦

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See also: 情妇

Chinese[edit]

 
feeling; emotion; passion; situation
woman
trad. (情婦)
simp. (情妇)

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

情婦

  1. mistress; paramour; the other woman

See also[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
じょう
Grade: 5

Grade: 5
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Probably from Middle Chinese compound 情婦 (*dzhiɛng *bhiǒu). Compare modern Chinese traditional 情婦 and simplified 情妇 (qíngfù).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

情婦 (hiragana じょうふ, rōmaji jōfu)

  1. (dated) a female lover, a female fling, a mistress

Usage notes[edit]

Specifically refers to an extramarital female lover.[2]

Somewhat dated overtones. Often used to refer to a criminal's or player's lover;[2] compare English moll.

Synonyms[edit]

  • 隠し女 (かくしおんな, ​kakushi onna): literally hidden woman
  • 色女 (いろおんな, ​iro onna): literally "colorful" woman (alluding to a sexual relationship)
  • 愛人 (あいじん, ​aijin): a lover (often, but not necessarily, refers to an extramarital relationship)

Related terms[edit]

  • 情夫 (じょうふ, ​jōfu): a male lover, a male fling (specifically refers to an extramarital male 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