See also: 对不住



couple; pair; to be opposite; to oppose; to face; for; to; correct (answer); to answer; to reply; to direct (towards sth); right
incessantly; nonstop
trad. (對不住) 不住
simp. (对不住) 不住




  1. to cause someone embarrassment; to screw someone over; to do something to a person that would demand an apology later on


Dialectal synonyms of 對不起 (“sorry”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 對不起
Mandarin Beijing 對不起對不住不好意思
Taiwan 對不起
Cantonese Guangzhou 對唔住
Hong Kong 對唔住
Taishan 對唔住
Hakka Miaoli (N. Sixian) 敗勢斯里麻生
Liudui (S. Sixian) 壞勢斯里麻生
Hsinchu (Hailu) 敗勢斯里麻生
Dongshi (Dabu) 敗勢歪勢斯里麻生
Zhuolan (Raoping) 敗勢斯里麻生
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 歹勢斯里麻生
Jin Taiyuan 對不起
Min Nan Xiamen 歹勢對不住
Quanzhou 歹勢對不住
Zhangzhou 䆀勢對不住
Taipei 歹勢失禮對不住
Kaohsiung 歹勢失禮對不住
Tainan 歹勢失禮對不住
Taichung 歹勢失禮對不住
Yilan 歹勢失禮對不住
Lukang 歹勢失禮對不住
Sanxia 歹勢失禮對不住
Kinmen 歹勢失禮對不住
Magong 歹勢失禮對不住
Hsinchu 歹勢失禮對不住
Penang 歹勢
Wu Shanghai 對勿起
Xiang Changsha 對不住

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