老子

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Chinese[edit]

 
old; aged; venerable; outdated; experienced; (affectionate prefix)
 
child; son; (noun suff.); small thing; midnight; 11 p.m.-1 a.m.; seed; egg; 1st earthly branch
simp. and trad.
(老子)
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老子 (Written Standard Chinese?)
老子 (書) (Written Standard Chinese?)
Laozi (English)
Tao Te Ching (English)

Pronunciation 1[edit]


Proper noun[edit]

老子

  1. Laozi (604–531 BCE), a Chinese philosopher, and founder of Taoism
  2. Laozi (also called Tao Te Ching, a book of philosophy supposedly written by Laozi)

Pronunciation 2[edit]


Pronoun[edit]

老子

  1. (colloquial, male) I; me
    Lǎozi cái bù pà lǎobǎn ne. [Pinyin]
    I'm not afraid of the boss.
Usage notes[edit]

When 老子 is used this way, it often gives off an arrogant, angry, childish or humorous tone.

Noun[edit]

老子

  1. old man
  2. (slang) father; old man
  3. (dated or regional) son; young man (i.e. a mother scolding her son)

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
おい
Grade: 4
こ > ご
Grade: 1
kun’yomi

Compound of 老い (oi, stem of verb oiru, to become old) +‎ (ko, child). The ko changes to go due to rendaku (連濁).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

老子 (hiragana おいご, rōmaji oigo)

  1. a child of older parents
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
ろう
Grade: 4

Grade: 1
on’yomi

From Middle Chinese.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

老子 (hiragana ろうし, rōmaji Rōshi, historical hiragana らうし)

  1. Laozi, a philosopher of ancient China
  2. the Tao Te Ching, a book of philosophy supposedly written by Laozi
Further reading[edit]