什麼

ChineseEdit

tenth (used in fractions) dimi.
trad. (什麼/甚麼/什麽/甚麽) / /
simp. (什么)

PronunciationEdit


PronounEdit

什麼

  1. (interrogative) what
  2. something; anything; whatever
  3. (when used two time in a sentence) whatever
  4. (used to express surprise or anger) what
  5. (used before an enumeration) thing like; such as; and so on; and what not
  6. (used to express disapproval, disagreement)

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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
いん
Hyōgaiji

Hyōgaiji
Irregular

EtymologyEdit

From spoken Middle Chinese 恁麼 ‎(nyimX muɑ, what?, archaic, literally think + something tiny and insignificant).[1] The spelling shifted to include the Chinese synonym 什麼 (modern Mandarin reading of shénme), while keeping the inmo reading for 恁麼, instead of the expected shūma reading for 什麼.

Imported into Japanese by Zen monks who had studied in China.[1] Generally restricted to use by Zen practitioners.[2]

PronunciationEdit

  • (Irregular reading)
  • IPA(key): [ĩmmo̞]

Alternative formsEdit

PronounEdit

什麼 ‎(hiragana いんも, romaji inmo)

  1. (rare) what

Usage notesEdit

Generally followed by the possessive particle ‎(no) and used as an adnominal, with a meaning of what kind of.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 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
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