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English Definitionthing; stuff; person
See alsodōngxī east and west
Simplified Script东西
Traditional Script東西
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄉㄨㄥ ㄒㄧ˙
Cantonese (Jyutping)dung1sai1
Part of Speech(名) noun
Measure Words,
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=1; TOP=Basic
Word Decomposition
dōngeast; host (i.e. sitting on east side of guest); landlord; (Chinese surname)
西 west; the West; abbr. for Spain 西班牙; Spanish

Related Words

Words With Same Head Word    
东北dōngběinortheast; Northeast China; Manchuria
东方dōngfāngeast; the East; the Orient; (Chinese surname)
东部dōngbùthe east; eastern part
东面dōngmiàneast side (of something)
Words With Same Tail Word    
坏东西huài dōngxibastard; scoundrel; rogue
老东西lǎo dōngxi(derog.) old fool; old bastard
买东西mǎi dōngxito do one's shopping
脏东西zāng dōngxistain
不是东西bùshì dōngxi(derog.) to be a good-for-nothing; worthless nobody; no-good
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