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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
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Stroke order
手-order.gif

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (when used as a left Chinese radical)

Etymology[edit]

Pictogram (象形) – hand and fingers. The top stroke is the bent over middle finger, while the horizontal strokes are each two fingers. Compare , , .

Note that unlike the other hand/claw characters, 手 has consistently had five fingers: a mammalian/human hand, as opposed to the three digits often found in the others.

Compare also (foot), derived from a footprint, originally composed of 3 toes and a sole.

手 手 手 手
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Large seal script Small seal script

Han character[edit]

(radical 64 +0, 4 strokes, cangjie input 手 (Q), four-corner 20500)

  1. hand

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 416, character 28
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 11768
  • Dae Jaweon: page 762, character 9
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 3, page 1824, character 1
  • Unihan data for U+624B

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Yale sau2)


Hakka[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(POJ shíu, Guangdong shu3, shiu3 [Meixian], s'iu3 [Hailu, Kwangtung], su3 [Siyan], Hagfa Pinyim su3)

References[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 1 “Kyōiku” kanji)

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]

Noun[edit]

(hiragana , romaji te)

  1. a hand
  2. a handle
  3. a paw; a foreleg
  4. (board games) a move; a play

Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(su)
Eumhun:

  • Sound (hangeul):  (revised: su, McCune-Reischauer: su, Yale: swu)
  • Name (hangeul): ()

Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin shǒu (shou3), Wade-Giles shou3)

Noun[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin shǒu)

  1. hand
  2. expert
    高手

Adjective[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin shǒu)

  1. convenient, handy
    手机 (手機)
    手冊

Compounds[edit]

References[edit]

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

Middle Chinese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(*shiǒu)


Min Nan[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(TLPA siú (siu2), tshiú (tshiu2), Guangdong siu3, ciu3)

References[edit]


Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(trì, thủ)

  1. hand