窈窕

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Chinese[edit]

deep; quiet and elegant quiet and elegant
simp. and trad.
(窈窕)
variant forms 杳窱 “deep”

Pronunciation[edit]


Note:
  • miu5 tiu5 - vernacular;
  • jiu2 tiu5 - literary.
  • Min Nan

  • Rime
    Character
    Reading # 1/1 1/1
    Initial () (34) (7)
    Final () (93) (93)
    Tone (調) Rising (X) Rising (X)
    Openness (開合) Open Open
    Division () IV IV
    Fanqie
    Reconstructions
    Zhengzhang
    Shangfang
    /ʔeuX/ /deuX/
    Pan
    Wuyun
    /ʔeuX/ /deuX/
    Shao
    Rongfen
    /ʔeuX/ /deuX/
    Edwin
    Pulleyblank
    /ʔɛwX/ /dɛwX/
    Li
    Rong
    /ʔeuX/ /deuX/
    Wang
    Li
    /ieuX/ /dieuX/
    Bernard
    Karlgren
    /ʔieuX/ /dʱieuX/
    Expected
    Mandarin
    Reflex
    yǎo diào
    BaxterSagart system 1.1 (2014)
    Character
    Reading # 1/1 1/1
    Modern
    Beijing
    (Pinyin)
    yǎo tiǎo
    Middle
    Chinese
    ‹ ʔewX › ‹ dewX ›
    Old
    Chinese
    /*ʔˁ[e]wʔ/ /*lˁ[e]wʔ/
    English ʔewX-dewX hidden; deep 窈窕 beautiful

    Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter–Sagart system:

    * Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
    * Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
    * Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
    * Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;

    * Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
    Zhengzhang system (2003)
    Character
    Reading # 1/1 1/1
    No. 15634 16893
    Phonetic
    component
    Rime
    group
    Rime
    subdivision
    2 2
    Corresponding
    MC rime
    Old
    Chinese
    /*qiːwʔ/ /*l'eːwʔ/

    Adjective[edit]

    窈窕

    1. (of a woman) quiet and elegant; graceful and fair
      窈窕淑女君子好逑 [Classical Chinese, trad. and simp.]
      From: The Classic of Poetry, circa 11th – 7th centuries BCE, translated based on James Legge's version
      Yǎotiǎo shūnǚ, jūnzǐ hǎoqiú. [Pinyin]
      The modest, retiring, virtuous, young lady:
      For our prince a good mate she.
    2. (of a woman) seductive; flirtatious
    3. deep; profound

    Derived terms[edit]