马虎

MandarinEdit

simpl.
trad. 馬虎

EtymologyEdit

One story has it that long, long ago, someone wrote the character (, meaning "horse") in a very sloppy fashion and it was mistaken for (, meaning "tiger"). Hence, 马虎 (mǎ hu) came to signify carelessness.

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin mǎhu
Zhuyin ㄇㄚˇ ㄏㄨ˙
IPA (key) /ma̠²¹⁴ xu⁴/

AdjectiveEdit

马虎 (simplified, Pinyin mǎhu, traditional 馬虎)

  1. careless; sloppy; negligent; skimpy

Derived termsEdit

Last modified on 10 April 2014, at 09:26