巴不得

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.
不得

EtymologyEdit

(to wait) +‎ 不得 (unable to).

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin bābùdé  →  bābu (toneless variant)
Zhuyin ㄅㄚ ㄅㄨˋ ㄉㄜˊ  →  ㄅㄚ ㄅㄨ˙ ㄉㄜˊ (toneless variant)
IPA (key) /pa̠⁵⁵ pu⁵¹ tɤ³⁵/  →  /pa̠⁵⁵ b̥u² tɤ³⁵/

VerbEdit

巴不得 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin bābude)

  1. (colloquial) to be only too anxious (to do something); to eagerly look forward to
    巴不得回家
    I can't wait for you to finally return home!

ReferencesEdit

  • "巴不得" (in Mandarin), nciku.com. URL accessed on 2009-06-18.
Last modified on 8 April 2014, at 05:03