Friday, December 09, 2005

What does 만지작거리다 mean?

만지다 means "to touch" or "to feel," but 만지작거리다 means "to finger with," "to fiddle with," "to fumble with," "to tinker with," and "to paw."

I came across the word while looking at the following Chinese character:

Here is how the character is described in Naver's Chinese character dictionary:

王(왕☞玉)과 이외의 글자 공(양손)의 합자(合字). 손에 구슬을 가지고 만지작 거린다는 뜻

Notice that the description uses 만지작거리다 to say the character represents "a hand holding and fingering gems (or beads)."

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