Sam Thomas
Does anyone know a good online Chinese etymology dictionary? I'm looking for an online dictionary which gives the origin of Chinese words. A bit like a Chinese version of https://www.etymonline.com/ Thanks very much
Oct 29, 2018 12:24 PM
Answers · 4
October 29, 2018
www.zdic.net has a huge amount of information on each word and character, with lots of historical citations to show how the meanings have changed over time: it's like a Chinese OED. It's almost entirely in Chinese, but there are often short English glosses of definitions.
October 29, 2018
我一般用這個网站查一查汉字的来源。有一個汉字查不着,就是"做"字。 http://www.fantizi5.com/ziyuan/
October 29, 2018
You're looking for zhongwen.com. I'm not an expert, but my understanding is that Chinese etymology is more controversial than English etymology, because a lot depends on how much you trust conclusions reached by early authors versus what actually appears on early inscriptions.
October 29, 2018
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Sam Thomas
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German
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Chinese (Mandarin), French, German