VietnameseEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Sino-Vietnamese word from .

AdverbEdit

chỉ

  1. only

Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Vietic *cih (to point); probably related to Sino-Vietnamese word from (finger).

VerbEdit

chỉ (, , )

  1. to point
    chỉ tay năm ngón
    to "point with all five"; to conceitedly point
    • 2005, Nguyễn Ngọc Tư, "Cánh đồng bất tận" chapter 2 (in Cánh đồng bất tận), Trẻ publishing house
      Chị hỏi "Tắm ở đâu, mấy cưng ?". Tôi chỉ xuống kinh.
      She asked, "Where can I bathe, sweethearts?" I pointed down the canal.
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

From Proto-Vietic *cis (thread), from Proto-Mon-Khmer *ks(i)ʔ or *ksih (string; cord; rope; thread). Compare North Central Vietnamese chỉn, Muong chỉl.

NounEdit

(classifier sợi) chỉ (, , , , 𥿗)

  1. (sewing) thread

Etymology 4Edit

Contraction of chị + the demonstrative ấy (that) in the southern dialects, with the latter manifested as the hỏi tone after monosyllabification.

PronounEdit

chỉ

  1. (Southern Vietnam) she; her

Etymology 5Edit

Sino-Vietnamese word from .

 
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NounEdit

chỉ

  1. trifoliate orange (Poncirus trifoliata)

Etymology 6Edit

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NounEdit

chỉ

  1. (chiefly gold or silver trading) a weight unit equal to 3.75 grams

Etymology 7Edit

Sino-Vietnamese word from (paper)

NounEdit

chỉ

  1. (colloquial) Clipping of tín chỉ (college credit).