See also: 暧昧

Chinese

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obscure; clandestine conceal; dark
trad. (曖昧)
simp. (暧昧)

Pronunciation

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Note: oi2 mui6 - common variant.

Rime
Character
Reading # 2/2 1/1
Initial () (34) (4)
Final () (41) (42)
Tone (調) Departing (H) Departing (H)
Openness (開合) Open Closed
Division () I I
Fanqie
Baxter 'ojH mwojH
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/ʔʌiH/ /muʌiH/
Pan
Wuyun
/ʔəiH/ /muoiH/
Shao
Rongfen
/ʔɒiH/ /muɒiH/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/ʔəjH/ /mwəjH/
Li
Rong
/ʔᴀiH/ /muᴀiH/
Wang
Li
/ɒiH/ /muɒiH/
Bernard
Karlgren
/ʔɑ̆iH/ /muɑ̆iH/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
ài mèi
Expected
Cantonese
Reflex
oi3 mui6

Adjective

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曖昧

  1. (of attitude, meaning, etc.) vague; obscure; ambiguous; dubious
  2. (of relationship, behaviour, etc.) intimate but not explicit; showing fondness and interest in a relationship, albeit non-actively; amorous; flirty; flirtatious; having an affair with somebody; adulterous; illicit

Synonyms

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Verb

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曖昧

  1. (of a person) to maintain an ambiguous and flirtatious relationship (with someone)

Descendants

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Sino-Xenic (曖昧):
  • Japanese: 曖昧(あいまい) (aimai)
  • Korean: 애매(曖昧) (aemae)

Japanese

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Kanji in this term
あい
Grade: S
まい
Grade: S
on’yomi goon

Etymology

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From Middle Chinese 曖昧 (MC 'ajH|'ojH mwojH).

Pronunciation

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Adjective

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(あい)(まい) (aimaiあいまい (aimai)?-na (adnominal (あい)(まい) (aimai na), adverbial (あい)(まい) (aimai ni))

  1. ambiguous, obscure, unclear, vague
    • 2007, 新時代日漢辭典新时代日汉辞典 (Xīn Shídài Rì-hàn Cídiǎn), 1st edition, 大新書局大新书局 (Dàxīn Shūjú), →ISBN:
      (かれ)(あい)(まい)(こと)()った
      kare wa aimai na koto o itta
      He said some unclear things

Inflection

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Noun

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(あい)(まい) (aimaiあいまい (aimai)?

  1. ambiguity, obscurity, opacity

References

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  1. ^ Matsumura, Akira, editor (2006), 大辞林 [Daijirin] (in Japanese), Third edition, Tokyo: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  2. ^ NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute, editor (1998), NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 [NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary] (in Japanese), Tokyo: NHK Publishing, Inc., →ISBN
  3. ^ Yamada, Tadao et al., editors (2011), 新明解国語辞典 [Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten] (in Japanese), Seventh edition, Tokyo: Sanseidō, →ISBN

Korean

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Hanja in this term

Noun

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曖昧 (aemae) (hangeul 애매)

  1. Hanja form? of 애매 (obscurity).