(a measure word); to support; to sustain; to erect; to raise; branch; division; to draw money
|simp. and trad.
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.
- Min Nan
Middle Chinese: /t͡ɕiᴇ ŋuo/
- to falter; to prevaricate; to equivocate
- to deal with a person just for the occasion
- to prop up, to support
- to resist, to defy, to oppose
- to handle
- to divert oneself from loneliness
- to hesitate
- in a predicament