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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

Ideogrammic compound (會意):  (woman) +  (child)

The widely accepted meaning of this word is that the words "female" (女) and "child" (子) were put together to form a compound, because it was a good thing for women to have a child. However, a broader interpretation is that the second character, 子, also means "of" or "son". So another possibility could be that it meant two children, a boy and a girl next to each other, which is a good fortune to have a boy and a girl. Lastly, it could mean that the "attitude" of a girl was considered good.

Han character[edit]

(radical 38 +3, 6 strokes, cangjie input 女弓木 (VND), four-corner 47447, composition)

  1. good, fine
  2. feeling well or better
  3. excellent
  4. to like, to prefer something

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 255, character 11
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 6053
  • Dae Jaweon: page 518, character 12
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 2, page 1028, character 1
  • Unihan data for U+597D

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Jyutping hou2, hou3, Yale hou2, hou3)

  1. good, well
  2. very

Hakka[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(POJ háu, hàu, Guangdong hau3; hau3, ho3 [Hailu, Siyan], Hagfa Pinyim hau3, hau4)

References[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 4 “Kyōiku” kanji)

  1. fondness; what one likes

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]

Compounds[edit]

  • 愛好 (あいこう, aikō)
  • 良好 (りょうこう, ryōkō)
  • 友好 (ゆうこう, yūkō)

Proper noun[edit]

(hiragana よしみ, romaji Yoshimi)

  1. A male given name

Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(ho) (hangeul , revised ho, McCune-Reischauer ho)


Mandarin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin hǎo)

  1. good, well
    你好吗? - Are you well?
    真是个主意!zhēnshì ge hǎo zhǔyi!
    That's a good idea!
  2. nice, kind
    他们对我很。tāmen duì wǒ hěn hǎo.
    They are very kind to me.
  3. done, ready
    我就要了。 wǒ jiùyào hǎo le.
    I'll be ready very soon.
  4. good to, easy to
    这水龙头拧。 zhè shuǐ lóngtóu hǎo nǐng.
    This tap turns easily.

Adjective[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin hào)

  1. be fond of

Adverb[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin hào)

  1. to have a tendency to, to be prone to, good to, easy to
    我们的狗迷路。wǒmen de gǒu hào mí lù
    Our dog has a tendency to wander.

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin hǎo (hao3), hào (hao4), Wade-Giles hao3, hao4)

Compounds[edit]

References[edit]

  • "" (in Mandarin/English), MDBG English to Chinese dictionary ( Based on CC-CEDICT ). URL accessed on 2014-02-14.
  • "Jukuu" (in Mandarin/English), Jukuu. URL accessed on 2014-03-03.

Middle Chinese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(*xaù, *xǎu)


Min Nan[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(TLPA (ho2), hònn (honn3))

References[edit]


Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(hảo, háo, háu, hão, hếu, hiếu, hấu, hẩu)