Chinese Word Entry

投桃報李

Simplified Chinese form: 投桃报李

Mandarin (Zhuyin): ㄊㄡˊ ㄊㄠˊ ㄅㄠˋ ㄌㄧˇ
Mandarin (Pinyin): tóu táo bào lǐ
Cantonese (Jyutping): tau4 tou4 bou3 lei5
Definitions:
  1. toss a peach, get back a plum (idiom); to return a favor

  2. to exchange gifts

  3. Scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours.


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Chinese characters used in this word

throw, discard, abandon, launch into, join, invest in, hurl, give up, sell at a loss, cast, fling, pitch, jump
Readings
Mandarin: ㄊㄡˊ (tóu), ㄉㄡˋ (dòu)
Cantonese: tau4
Japanese: トウ (tou) / な.げる (nageru)、 -な.げ (-nage)
Korean: 투 (tu)
Vietnamese: đầu

peach, marriage, surname
Readings
Mandarin: ㄊㄠˊ (táo), ㄊㄧㄠ (tiāo), ㄓㄠˋ (zhào)
Cantonese: tou4
Japanese: トウ (tou) / もも (momo)
Korean: 도 (do)
Vietnamese: đào

report, news, reward, retribution, tell, announce
Readings
Mandarin: ㄅㄠˋ (bào), ㄈㄨˋ (fù)
Cantonese: bou3
Japanese: ホウ (hou) / むく.いる (mukuiru)、 しらせる (shiraseru)
Korean: 보 (bo), 부 (bu)
Vietnamese: báo
Variants
Simplified Chinese form:

plum, judge, surname
Readings
Mandarin: ㄌㄧˇ (lǐ)
Cantonese: lei5
Japanese: リ (ri) / すもも (sumomo)
Korean: 리 (ri), 이 (i)
Vietnamese: lý, lí