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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)

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

Chinese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (好), Pronunciation 1/2

Initial: 曉 (32)
Final: 豪
Division: I

Openness: Open
Tone: Rising (X)

Fanqie: 呼晧切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
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Wang
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Shao
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/hɑuX/ /xɑuX/ /xɑuX/ /hɑuX/ /hawX/ /xɑuX/ /xɑuX/
Character (好), Pronunciation 2/2

Initial: 曉 (32)
Final: 豪
Division: I

Openness: Open
Tone: Departing (H)

Fanqie: 呼到切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
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Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/hɑuH/ /xɑuH/ /xɑuH/ /hɑuH/ /hawH/ /xɑuH/ /xɑuH/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character Modern Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
‹ xawX › /*qʰˤuʔ/ good
hào ‹ xawH › /*qʰˤuʔ-s/ love, like (v.)

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:

  • Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
  • Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
  • Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
  • Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;
  • Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
Corresponding
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
4913 1 /*qʰuːʔ/ 由女孩子會意美
4914 1 /*qʰuːs/

Adjective[edit]

  1. to be good, well
  2. to be nice, kind
  3. to be done, ready
  4. to be good to, easy to
Antonyms[edit]

Compounds[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

  1. to be fond of, to like
  2. to have a tendency to, to be prone to, good to, easy to
  3. (Shanghainese) can, to be able to (equivalent to standard Chinese )

Compounds[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

  1. (chiefly Cantonese) very


Descendants[edit]

Sino-Xenic (好):


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)

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Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

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

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