Chinese Word Entry

食言
Mandarin (Zhuyin): ㄕˊ ㄧㄢˊ
Mandarin (Pinyin): shí yán
Cantonese (Jyutping): sik6 jin4
Definitions:
  1. lit. to eat one's words

  2. to break a promise

  3. to go back on one's word

  4. to renege

  5. unsworn testimony


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Chinese characters used in this word

eat, food, meal, KangXi radical number 184
Readings
Mandarin: ㄕˊ (shí), ㄙˋ (sì), ㄧˋ (yì)
Cantonese: ji6, sik6, zi6
Japanese: ショク、 ジキ、 シ / く.う、 く.らう、 た.べる、 は.む
Korean: 식, 사
Vietnamese: thực, tự
Variants
Semantic variant form:

say, word, words, speech, speak
Readings
Mandarin: ㄧㄢˊ (yán), ㄧㄢˋ (yàn), ㄧㄣˊ (yín)
Cantonese: jin4
Japanese: ゲン、 ゴン、 ギン / い.う、 こと、 ことば
Korean:
Vietnamese: ngôn, ngân
Variants
Semantic variant form: