奴才

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin núcái  →  núcai (toneless final syllable variant)
Zhuyin ㄋㄨˊ ㄘㄞˊ  →  ㄋㄨˊ ㄘㄞ˙ (toneless final syllable variant)
IPA (key) /nu³⁵ t͡sʰaɪ̯³⁵/  →  /nu³⁵ t͡sʰaɪ̯³/

NounEdit

奴才 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin núcái or núcai)

  1. lackey; minion; slave; flunkey

Usage notesEdit

  • During the Ming and Qing dynasties 奴才 (núcái) was also used by court eunuchs and officials when addressing the emperor as a term of self-reference.
Last modified on 15 April 2014, at 23:14