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Meaning of 哎

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Pinyin: āi
English Definition: hey!; (interjection used to attract attention or to express surprise or disapprobation)
Chinese Definition:
①表示满意或赞叹。[例]哎,这就对了!
②表示惊讶或不满意。[例]哎,你怎么不早说!
③表示提醒。[例]哎,小声点。
④表示醒悟。[例]哎!原来是这样。
⑤表示招呼。[例]哎,大婶,我们回头再来看你。
⑥表示答应。[例]李梅!”“哎!我在给病人换药,一会儿就来。”

Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (mouth) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
    • [ àiyì ] mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris; used in transliterations
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Example Words:
哎呀 [ āi ]: interjection of wonder, shock or admiration
哎哟 [ āi ]: hey; ow; ouch; interjection of pain or surprise
哎唷 [ āi ]: interjection of pain or surprise; also written 哎哟
哎呦 [ āi yōu ]: (interjection of surprise, pain, annoyance etc); Oh my!; Uh-oh!; Ah!; Ouch!
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