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ChineseEdit

not; no
 
(located) at; in; exist; (before verbs) immediately involved in; right in the middle of doing
alcoholic drink
simp. and trad.
(醉翁之意不在酒)
醉翁之意

EtymologyEdit

醉翁之意不在酒在乎山水之間 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
醉翁之意不在酒在乎山水之间 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: circa 1045, 歐陽修, 《醉翁亭記
Zuìwēngzhīyì bù zài jiǔ, zàihū shānshuǐ zhījiān yě. [Pinyin]
The "Old Drunk" isn't interested in alcohol but scenery of mountains and rivers.

PronunciationEdit



  • Middle Chinese: /t͡siuɪH  ʔuŋ  t͡ɕɨ  ʔɨH  pɨu|pɨuX|pɨut̚  d͡zʌiX|d͡zʌiH  t͡sɨuX/
Rime
Character
Reading # 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/3 2/3 3/3 1/2 2/2 1/1
Initial () (13) (34) (23) (34) (1) (1) (1) (15) (15) (13)
Final () (16) (1) (19) (19) (136) (136) (60) (41) (41) (136)
Tone (調) Departing (H) Level (Ø) Level (Ø) Departing (H) Level (Ø) Rising (X) Checked (Ø) Rising (X) Departing (H) Rising (X)
Openness (開合) Closed Open Open Open Open Open Closed Open Open Open
Division () III I III III III III III I I III
Fanqie
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/t͡siuɪH/ /ʔuŋ/ /t͡ɕɨ/ /ʔɨH/ /pɨu/ /pɨuX/ /pɨut̚/ /d͡zʌiX/ /d͡zʌiH/ /t͡sɨuX/
Pan
Wuyun
/t͡sʷiH/ /ʔuŋ/ /t͡ɕɨ/ /ʔɨH/ /piu/ /piuX/ /piut̚/ /d͡zəiX/ /d͡zəiH/ /t͡siuX/
Shao
Rongfen
/t͡sjuɪH/ /ʔuŋ/ /t͡ɕie/ /ʔieH/ /piəu/ /piəuX/ /piuət̚/ /d͡zɒiX/ /d͡zɒiH/ /t͡siəuX/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/t͡swiH/ /ʔəwŋ/ /cɨ/ /ʔɨH/ /puw/ /puwX/ /put̚/ /d͡zəjX/ /d͡zəjH/ /t͡suwX/
Li
Rong
/t͡suiH/ /ʔuŋ/ /t͡ɕiə/ /ʔiəH/ /piu/ /piuX/ /piuət̚/ /d͡zᴀiX/ /d͡zᴀiH/ /t͡siuX/
Wang
Li
/t͡swiH/ /uŋ/ /t͡ɕĭə/ /ĭəH/ /pĭəu/ /pĭəuX/ /pĭuət̚/ /d͡zɒiX/ /d͡zɒiH/ /t͡sĭəuX/
Bernard
Karlgren
/t͡swiH/ /ʔuŋ/ /t͡ɕi/ /ʔiH/ /pi̯ə̯u/ /pi̯ə̯uX/ /pi̯uət̚/ /d͡zʱɑ̆iX/ /d͡zʱɑ̆iH/ /t͡si̯ə̯uX/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
zuì wēng zhī fōu fǒu fu zài zài jiǔ

IdiomEdit

醉翁之意不在酒

  1. (figuratively) to have other intentions
  2. (figuratively) to have an ulterior motive

SynonymsEdit