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See also: yem, YEM, and yểm


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Etymology 1[edit]

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(classifier cái) yếm

  1. a yem, a Vietnamese bodice based on the Chinese dudou.
  2. (by extension) a garment that looks similar and that is worn in a similar fashion, such as a bib or a dudou
    yếm dãia bib; a "drool/saliva yem"

Etymology 2[edit]

(Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)Sino-Vietnamese word from .



  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?)(nowadays only in compounds) to be sick and tired of
    • 16th century, Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, Tòng Tây chinh
      Đảo huyền dân cửu li hung ngược,
      Yếm loạn thiên tương khải trị bình.
      In dire straits, the people have long suffered from brutality,
      Sick and tired of turmoil, heaven will open up, and peace shall come.
    • 16th century, Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, Cảm hứng thi
      Yếm khan nghịch tặc cửu xương cuồng,
      Hỗ chiến giao tranh bán sát thương.
      Fed up seeing bandits running riot uncontrolled,
      Fighting each other, half dead and half wounded.
    • 1919, Trần Trọng Kim, Việt Nam sử lược (Outline of Vietnamese History)
      Toại lệnh Tuyên Đức chi giảo đồng, độc binh vô yếm;
      Nhưng mệnh Thạnh, Thăng chi nhụ tướng, dĩ du cứu phần.
      Thus dispatching the useless lackey of Tuyên Đức, insatiable at war;
      Still sending Thạnh―Thăng's brainless general―to use oil to extinguish a blaze.
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