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JapaneseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From てしまう(te shimau).[1][2][3]

/te ɕimau//t͡ɕimau//t͡ɕau/

SuffixEdit

ちゃう ‎(romaji -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//t͡ɕau/

VerbEdit

ちゃう ‎(intransitive, godan conjugation, romaji chau)

  1. (colloquial, Kansai) Same as  (ちが)(chigau).
  2. (colloquial, Kansai) Same as じゃない(janai).
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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.

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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