Taxonomy of meanings for 夫:

  • fú (OC: ba MC: bio) 防無切 平 廣韻:【語助又府符切 】
  • fū (OC: pa MC: pio) 甫無切 平 廣韻:【丈夫又羌複姓後秦建威將軍夫蒙大羌 】
    • THIS
      • npro.adNthis kind of; such a (with typically untensed predicate); this notorious, this well-known kind of
      • npro.adNdefinitethat N of his
      • nprotopicthis man, this fellow
      • V{S}pro.adSwhen one acts like this (then S1)
      • npro.adNdeicticthis specific
      • npro.adNthis (notorious and) above-mentioned
      • npro.adNpluralthese
      • nprothis state of affairs
      • like this>THUS
        • padS1.postS2new paragraph containing non-narrative, often general, discourse, naturally linking up with what precedes, but less insistently than does gu4 故: now
        • THIS
          • npro.adNthis kind of; such a (with typically untensed predicate); this notorious, this well-known kind of
          • npro.adNdefinitethat N of his
          • nprotopicthis man, this fellow
          • V{S}pro.adSwhen one acts like this (then S1)
          • npro.adNdeicticthis specific
          • npro.adNthis (notorious and) above-mentioned
          • npro.adNpluralthese
          • nprothis state of affairs
          • by extension:THAT
            • npro.adNN=topic
            • npro.adNthe above-focussed
            • nprothat thing (rare)
            • npro.adNvaguely deictic: that thing that is implicitly present in the discursive background
      • sentence-initial:MODAL PARTICLES
        • npro.adS"Now,", "In fact," introducing new subject for the discourse, and introducing non-narrative theoretical discourse.
        • padSrhetorical questionparticle introducing rhetorical questions 夫何
    • sentence-final:FINAL PARTICLES
      • ppostadSsubjectiven'est-ce pas?
      • TOPIC MARKER
        • padN.adVV=imperative夫...者 as for N (topic), V being the comment (which may be an imperative etc., and is not in any sense generalising)
        • padV1.adV2夫...者 as for V1 (topic), V2 being the comment
        • nproadN. Snew topic: As for
        • assuming topic>IF
          • npro.adS1:adS2now if
          • the topic having been assumed> THERFORE
      • EXCLAMATORY PARTICLE
        • ppostadV.postSisn't that so?, n'est-ce pas!
    • fū 夫MALE
      • nadult male (of an age where he tends to be married)
      • npositiveimpressive person
      • nadNof the impressive male kind
      • fū 夫HUSBAND
        • nego's husband; [occasionally understood as "potential husbands"]
        • nnonreferentiala husband in general;
        • viactbehave as a husband should
        • n[post-N]a husband of someone, deserving of the name
        • nabconcepthusbandhood, role of a husband
        • npost-Nthe husband
        • DELETEthe contextually determinate N's wife
        • n(post-N)the husband of the contextually determinate N