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Etymology 1Edit

From てしまう (te shimau).[1][2][3]

/te ɕimau//t͡ɕimau//t͡ɕau/

SuffixEdit

ちゃう (rōmaji -chau)

  1. (colloquial) Same as てしまう (te shimau).
Usage notesEdit

Attaches to the continuative form of a verb.

SynonymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From 違う (chigau).

/t͡ɕigau/ invalid IPA characters (g), replace g with ɡ/t͡ɕau/

VerbEdit

ちゃう (intransitive, godan conjugation, rōmaji chau)

  1. (colloquial, Kansai) Synonym of 違う (chigau).
  2. (colloquial, Kansai) Synonym of じゃない (ja nai).

Usage notesEdit

The transformation is limited to the Terminal/Attributive form ちゃう and the Continuative form ちゃいます.

TriviaEdit

Used in a famous Kansai dialect pun, punning on ちゃうちゃう (chow chow (dog)), ちゃうちゃう (no, no), ちゃう (isn’t it?), and ちゃう (no (it isn’t)). One variant is:

A: ちゃうちゃうちゃう?
Isn’t [that] [a] chow chow?
B: ちゃうちゃう、ちゃうちゃうちゃう。
No, no – [it’s] not [a] chow chow.

Further readingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  3. ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, ISBN 4-09-501211-0