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Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Phono-semantic compound (形聲): semantic  + phonetic .

A Chinese scholar once said “when bamboo takes the wind it leans back gently like a man who laughs”. This is only a mnemonic and not the etymology of the character.

Han character[edit]

(radical 118 +4, 10 strokes, cangjie input 竹竹大 (HHK), four-corner 88432, composition)

  1. smile, laugh, giggle
  2. snicker

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 879, character 3
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 25885
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1307, character 5
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 5, page 2950, character 10
  • Unihan data for U+7B11
  • 2005, William McNaughton, Reading & Writing Chinese: Simplified Character Edition, edition 2nd Edition, Tuttle, ISBN 978-0804835091, page 14:

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Jyutping siu3, Yale siu3)

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 4 “Kyōiku” kanji)

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Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(so)
Eumhun:

  • Sound (hangeul):  (revised: so, McCune-Reischauer: so, Yale: so)
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Mandarin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin shào (shao4), xiào (xiao4), Wade-Giles shao4, hsiao4)

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Verb[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin xiào)

  1. to laugh
  2. to smile
  3. to laugh at

References[edit]

  • "" (in Mandarin/English), MDBG English to Chinese dictionary ( Based on CC-CEDICT ). URL accessed on 2014-02-18.

Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(tiếu, téo)

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