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]



Rime
Character
Reading # 1/1 1/2
Initial () (23) (31)
Final () (11) (23)
Tone (調) Level (Ø) Level (Ø)
Openness (開合) Open Open
Division () III I
Fanqie
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/t͡ɕiᴇ/ /ŋuo/
Pan
Wuyun
/t͡ɕiɛ/ /ŋuo/
Shao
Rongfen
/t͡ɕjɛ/ /ŋo/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/ciə̆/ /ŋɔ/
Li
Rong
/t͡ɕie/ /ŋo/
Wang
Li
/t͡ɕǐe/ /ŋu/
Bernard
Karlgren
/t͡ɕie̯/ /ŋuo/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
zhī

Verb[edit]

支吾

  1. to falter; to prevaricate; to equivocate
  2. to deal with a person just for the occasion
  3. to prop up, to support
  4. to resist, to defy, to oppose
  5. to handle
  6. to divert oneself from loneliness
  7. to hesitate


Derived terms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

支吾

  1. in a predicament