無名指

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Chinese[edit]

anonymous; nameless
 
finger; to point; to direct; to indicate
trad. (無名指) 無名
simp. (无名指) 无名
Literally: “unnamed finger”.

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "unnamed finger". Named as such as there are names for all the other fingers on one's hand except for this one.

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Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

無名指

  1. ring finger

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 4
めい
Grade: 1

Grade: 3
on'yomi

Borrowing from Middle Chinese 無名指 (/mɨo miᴇŋ t͡ɕˠiɪX/ obsolete or nonstandard characters (ᴇ), invalid IPA characters (ᴇX), literally no, without + name + finger). Compare modern Cantonese reading mou4 ming4 zi2, Hakka mò-miàng-chí.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

無名指 (hiragana むめいし, romaji mumeishi)

  1. Synonym of 薬指: ring finger

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 4 Grade: 1 ゆび
Grade: 3
Irregular

Calque of Middle Chinese 無名指 (unnamed finger), swapping the readings of the first two kanji to match Japanese word order.

This reading is more commonly spelled 名無し指.

Pronunciation[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

無名指 (hiragana ななしゆび, romaji nanashiyubi)

  1. Synonym of 薬指: ring finger

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9