Chinese Word Entry

畏首畏尾
Mandarin (Zhuyin): ㄨㄟˋ ㄕㄡˇ ㄨㄟˋ ㄨㄟˇ
Mandarin (Pinyin): wèi shǒu wèi wěi
Cantonese (Jyutping): wai3 sau2 wai3 mei5
Definitions:
  1. afraid of the head, terrified of the tail (idiom); ever fearful and nervous

  2. afraid of the slightest thing


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Chinese characters used in this word

fear, majestic, graciously, be apprehensive, dread, awe, reverence
Readings
Mandarin: ㄨㄟˋ (wèi), ㄨㄟ (wēi), ㄨㄟˇ (wěi)
Cantonese: wai3
Japanese: イ / おそ.れる、 かしこま.る、 かしこ、 かしこ.し
Korean:
Vietnamese: úy, uý

neck, counter for songs and poems, head, first, leader, chief, a poem
Readings
Mandarin: ㄕㄡˇ (shǒu)
Cantonese: sau2
Japanese: シュ、 シュウ / くび、 こうべ、 しるし
Korean:
Vietnamese: thủ, thú

tail, end, counter for fish, lower slope of mountain, extremity, stern
Readings
Mandarin: ㄨㄟˇ (wěi), ㄧˇ (yǐ)
Cantonese: mei5
Japanese: ビ / お
Korean:
Vietnamese: