Contents

ChineseEdit

quiet; secluded silent; write from memory
simp. and trad.
(幽默)

EtymologyEdit

As an Old Chinese word, it was attested in Chu Ci and meant “quiet, tranquil”. In contemporary times, it is a phono-semantic matching of English humour.

PronunciationEdit



Rime
Character
Reading # 1/1 1/1
Initial () (34) (4)
Final () (138) (131)
Tone (調) Level (Ø) Checked (Ø)
Openness (開合) Open Open
Division () III I
Fanqie
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/ʔiɪu/ /mək̚/
Pan
Wuyun
/ʔɨu/ /mək̚/
Shao
Rongfen
/ʔieu/ /mək̚/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/ʔjiw/ /mək̚/
Li
Rong
/ʔiĕu/ /mək̚/
Wang
Li
/iəu/ /mək̚/
Bernard
Karlgren
/ʔieu/ /mək̚/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
yōu
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character
Reading # 1/1
Modern
Beijing
(Pinyin)
yōu
Middle
Chinese
‹ ʔjiw ›
Old
Chinese
/*[ʔ](r)iw/
English dark; secluded

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:

* Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
* Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
* Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
* Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;

* Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character
Reading # 1/1 1/1
No. 14620 5107
Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
2 0
Corresponding
MC rime
Old
Chinese
/*qɯw/ /*mlɯːɡ/
Notes

AdjectiveEdit

幽默

  1. (archaic) quiet; tranquil
  2. humorous

NounEdit

幽默

  1. humour

Derived termsEdit