支吾

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Chinese[edit]

 
(a measure word); to support; to sustain; to erect; to raise; branch; division; to draw money
I; my
simp. and trad.
(支吾)

Etymology[edit]

The semantic development was “to support > to resist; to defy > to cope with; to deal with > to (fail to) resist > to stall off; to boggle > to falter; to equivocate”. All other senses are basically obsolete in the modern language.

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

支吾

  1. to falter; to prevaricate; to equivocate
  2. to deal with a person just for the occasion

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