ChineseEdit

 
carry; what; how; why; which
 
square; quadrilateral; place; region; direction; side; method; way; prescription; power; upright; just
simp. and trad.
(何方)

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

何方

  1. (literary) where

SynonymsEdit


JapaneseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
ちら
Grade: 2
Irregular

The kanji are jukujikun (熟字訓); borrowed from Chinese + .

  This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.
Particularly: “From where comes the "chira" suffix in 何方(どちら) (dochira), 此方(こちら) (kochira), and 彼方(あちら) (achira); & the "nata" suffix in 何方(どなた) (donata), 此方(こなた) (konata), and 彼方(かなた) (kanata)?”

PronounEdit

何方(どちら) (dochira)

  1. which way?
  2. which one? (of two alternatives)
Usage notesEdit

The hiragana spelling (どちら) is preferred to the kanji spelling (何方), which is rarely used.

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Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2 Grade: 2
Irregular

PronounEdit

何方(どなた) (donata)

  1. who? (honorific)
Usage notesEdit

The hiragana spelling (どなた) is preferred to the kanji spelling (何方).

SynonymsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2 Grade: 2
Irregular

/iduti/ → /izuti/. Compound of interrogative pronoun いづ (izu) and directional suffix (chi).

PronounEdit

何方(いずち) (izuchi) (historical hiragana いづち)

  1. indefinite interrogative directional pronoun; which direction, where
    • late 10th century, Taketori Monogatari:
      「「龍の頚の玉取りえずは、歸り來な」とのたまへば、いづちいづちも、足の向きたらん方へいなむ。かゝるすき事をしたまふこと」と、そしりあへり。

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Etymology 4Edit

Kanji in this term
いず
Grade: 2
かた
Grade: 2
kun’yomi

PronounEdit

何方(いずかた) (izukata) (historical hiragana いづかた)

  1. which direction
  2. who

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