[pron] what
 why; how come
[粵] me1 [國] mie1
(of eyes) squint; half-closed into a slit
Stroke count: 2
Radical: 乙 (#5)
This character is used in both Cantonese and Mandarin/Standard written Chinese.
Don't confuse with: 七匕乇也
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乜嘢 mat1/mi1/me1 je5 = what 粵
乜都 mat1 dou1 = anything; everything 粵
冇乜 mou5 mat1 = not very; not so 粵
為乜 wai6 mat1 = why 粵
乜嘢都 mat1 je5 dou1 = whatever; anything 粵
做乜 zou6 mat1 = why; doing what 粵
乜人 mat1 jan6 = who? whom? whose? anyone? 粵
乜野 mat1 je5 = what (question word) 粵
冇乜嘢 mou5 mat1 je5 = nothing; it doesn't matter 粵
做乜嘢 zou6 mat1 je5 = why 粵
See all 33 compounds (CantoDict reports 35 compounds in total, but some may be Common Formations)
Showing all 42 examples containing 乜
What the hell are you doing?
[Lit. you in-the-process-of say what? Std. Chinese: 你在胡說其麼？]
Although it's a vacuum, it's not like there's nothing there.
[Lit. Although is vacuum, but not saying anything don't-have]
He's scared of everything, he's a real coward.
[Lit. He what also scared, exactly one [counter] coward. Alternatively (and more simply): 佢乜嘢都怕，真係個冇膽鬼]
What were you thinking?
[Lit. do what make complete thus [particle]? This is an idiomatic expression that does not take well to direct translation.]
What differences do you perceive between England and Hong Kong?
[Lit. you feel England with Hong Kong have [plural counter] what differences?]
Nothing he wrote today made sense.
[Lit. He today write those things, what also nonsensical]
乜呢間酒店咁噏耷㗎? 點會有人幫襯呀? 粵
Why's this hotel such a mess? How will anyone want to come here?
[Lit. what this [counter] hotel so shabby [particle]? How would have person would frequent [particle]]
Live the moment and enjoy life, when travelling, one should try out and experience everything.
國 : This term is used in Mandarin/Standard written Chinese, not Cantonese.
粵 : This term is used in Cantonese, not Mandarin/Standard written Chinese.
No icon: This term is used in both Cantonese and Mandarin/Standard written Chinese.