功夫

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

功夫

  1. time (to do something); synonym for 工夫
    He climbed up a tall tree in no time.
  2. efforts (devoted to a task)
    • 功夫 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, trad. and simp.]
      Yào huā hěn dà de gōngfu cái xíng. [Pinyin]
      It won't work unless one expends great effort.
  3. accomplishments, achievement
  4. skill; art; workmanship (especially Chinese martial arts)
  5. kung fu (Chinese Martial art)

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Usage note[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
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Noun[edit]

功夫 (hiragana かんふう, romaji kanfū)

  1. (kenpō): kung fu