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get; obtain; gain; proper; suitable; proud; contented; allow; permit; ready; finished; a sentence particle used after a verb to show effect; degree or possibility; to have to; must; ought to; to need to
idea; meaning; wish; desire; (abbr.) Italy
simp. and trad.




  1. (of a person) successful
    情場得意 / 情场得意  ―  Tā qíngchǎng déyì.  ―  He is lucky in love.
  2. (often pejorative) smug; proud; self-satisfied
    那個得意樣兒 [MSC, trad.]
    那个得意样儿 [MSC, simp.]
    Qiáo tā nàge déyì de yàngr. [Pinyin]
    Look at him, looking so smug.
  3. (Cantonese) cute; adorable
    BB得意面珠墩 [Cantonese, trad.]
    BB得意面珠墩 [Cantonese, simp.]
    Waa3, go3 bi4 bi1 taai3 dak1 ji3 laa3! Ngo5 jan2 m4 zyu6 zyut3-1 zo2 keoi5 jat1 daam6 min6 zyu1 dan1. [Jyutping]
    Wow, the baby's too cute! I couldn't help but kiss his cheek.
  4. (Cantonese) interesting; peculiar
    得意 [Cantonese, trad.]
    得意 [Cantonese, simp.]
    Nei5 nam2 maai4 saai3 di1 je5 dou1 gau3 saai3 dak1 ji3 gaa3 laa3. [Jyutping]
    The stuff you think about is quite peculiar.


  • (cute):
Dialectal synonyms of 可愛 (“adorable; lovable; cute”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 可愛
Mandarin Beijing 可疼可人疼可愛
Taiwan 可愛
Jinan 喜歡人喜人
Xi'an 心疼得人愛
Wuhan 逗人疼逗人喜歡
Chengdu 愛人逗人愛
Yangzhou 討喜
Hefei 心疼人
Cantonese Guangzhou 得人愛得意
Hong Kong 得意
Taishan 得意
Yangjiang 得人愛
Gan Nanchang 討人喜歡
Hakka Meixian 得人惜
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 得人惜卡哇伊
Liudui (S. Sixian) 得人惜卡哇伊
Hsinchu (Hailu) 得人惜卡哇伊
Dongshi (Dabu) 得人惜卡哇伊
Zhuolan (Raoping) 得人惜卡哇伊
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 得人惜卡哇伊
Jin Taiyuan 粘人惜人奇特
Min Bei Jian'ou 好惜
Min Dong Fuzhou 好疼
Min Nan Xiamen 得人疼古錐古傑
Quanzhou 得人疼古錐
Zhangzhou 得人疼得人惜古錐
Taipei 得人疼得人惜古錐
Penang 趣味
Philippines (Manila) 古錐
Chaozhou 好惜
Wu Suzhou 討人喜歡
Wenzhou 有趣有趣相
Xiang Changsha 逗人愛帶愛相愛人
Shuangfeng 帶愛相

Derived termsEdit


Kanji in this term
Grade: 4

Grade: 3


Adjectival nounEdit

得意 (-na inflection, hiragana とくい, rōmaji tokui)

  1. triumphant, proud
  2. skilled



得意 (hiragana とくい, rōmaji tokui)

  1. strong point
  2. triumph
  3. regular customer


  1. 1.0 1.1 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN