功夫

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Chinese[edit]

 
merit; achievement; result; service; accomplishment
husband; man
simp. and trad.
(功夫)

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

功夫

  1. time (to do something); synonym for 工夫
  2. efforts (devoted to a task)
  3. accomplishments, achievement
  4. skill; art; workmanship (especially Chinese martial arts)
  5. kung fu (Chinese Martial art)

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Originaly, kung fu was refering to any skill learned through great effort. But it have been used by the Occident to refer to Chinese martial art, called 武術武术 (wǔshù) in Chinese. It is used by Chinese to refer to martial arts only since the late twentieth century.

References[edit]

  • 2012, Peter Lorge, Chinese Martial Arts From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0521878814:

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 4 Grade: 4
Irregular

Noun[edit]

功夫 (hiragana かんふう, katakana カンフー, romaji kanfū)

  1. (kenpō): kung fu