Definition 2024




get; obtain; gain; proper; suitable; proud; contented; allow; permit; ready; finished; a sentence particle used after a verb to show effect; degree or possibility; to have to; must; ought to; to need to
idea; meaning; wish; desire; (abbr.) Italy
simp. and trad.



  1. (often pejorative) smug; proud; self-satisfied
    那個得意樣兒 [MSC, trad.]
    那个得意样儿 [MSC, simp.]
    Qiáo tā nàge déyì de yàngr. [Pinyin]
    Look at him, looking so smug.
  2. (Cantonese) cute; adorable
    BB得意面珠墩 [Cantonese, trad.]
    BB得意面珠墩 [Cantonese, simp.]
    Waa3, go3 bi4 bi1 taai3dak1 ji3 laa3! Ngo5 jan2 m4 zyu6 zyut3-1 zo2 keoi5 jat1 daam6 min6 zyu1 dan1. [Jyutping]
    Wow, the baby's too cute! I couldn't help but kiss his cheek.
  3. (Cantonese) interesting; peculiar
    得意 [Cantonese, trad.]
    得意 [Cantonese, simp.]
    Nei5 nam2 maai4 saai3 di1 je5 dou1 gau3 saai3dak1 ji3 gaa3 laa3. [Jyutping]
    The stuff you think about is quite peculiar.


  • (cute):
Dialectal synonyms of 可愛 (“adorable; lovable; cute”)
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 可愛
Mandarin Beijing 可疼、可人疼、可愛
Taiwan 可愛
Jinan 喜歡人、喜人
Xi'an 心疼、得人愛
Wuhan 逗人疼、逗人喜歡
Chengdu 愛人、逗人愛、
Yangzhou 討喜
Hefei 心疼人
Cantonese Guangzhou 得人愛、得意
Hong Kong 得意
Taishan 得意
Yangjiang 得人愛
Gan Nanchang 討人喜歡
Hakka Meixian 得人惜
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 得人惜、卡哇伊
Liudui (S. Sixian) 得人惜、卡哇伊
Hsinchu (Hailu) 得人惜、卡哇伊
Dongshi (Dabu) 得人惜、卡哇伊
Zhuolan (Raoping) 得人惜、卡哇伊
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 得人惜、卡哇伊
Jin Taiyuan 粘人、惜人、奇特
Min Bei Jian'ou 好惜
Min Dong Fuzhou 好疼
Min Nan Quanzhou 得人疼、古錐
Xiamen 得人疼、古錐、古傑
Zhangzhou 得人疼、得人惜、古錐
Taipei 得人疼、得人惜、古錐
Malaysia 趣味
Chaozhou 好惜
Wu Suzhou 討人喜歡
Wenzhou 有趣、有趣相
Xiang Changsha 逗人愛、帶愛相、愛人
Shuangfeng 帶愛相、

Derived terms

  • 得意忘形


Kanji in this term
Grade: 4

Grade: 3


Adjectival noun

得意 (-na inflection, hiragana とくい, romaji tokui)

  1. triumphant, proud
  2. skilled



得意 (hiragana とくい, romaji tokui)

  1. strong point
  2. triumph
  3. regular customer


  1. 1 2 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3