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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
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Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

Variant of – Ideogrammic compound (會意):  (an old man with long hair, bent over) +  (a cane) – an old man, leaning on a cane. Compare top component to .

Cognate to ; the most commonly cited example of 轉注 (zhuǎn zhù, reciprocal meaning).

Han character[edit]

(radical 125 +0, 6 strokes, cangjie input 十大卜尸 (JKYS), four-corner 44207, composition)

  1. examine, test, investigate, verify
  2. examination, test
  3. old age
  4. (archaic) a posthumous name for male relations

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 960, character 27
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 28843
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1408, character 1
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 4, page 2779, character 2
  • Unihan data for U+8003

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Yale haau2)


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 2 “Kyōiku” kanji)

Readings[edit]


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(go) (hangeul , revised go, McCune-Reischauer ko, Yale ko)


Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

Originally meant old; deconstructed as derivative (老字头) of lǎo "old" + qiǎo (phonetic). Later evolved to mean "deceased father". Modern meanings of to exam, to study and to ponder a possible extension of the kind of activities old men do.

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin kǎo (kao3), Wade-Giles k'ao3)

Noun[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin kǎo)

  1. (archaic) deceased father

Verb[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin kǎo)

  1. to have or give an exam/test (考试 kǎoshì)
    数学能力
    kǎo kǎo nǐ de shùxué nénglì
    Test your maths prowess.
  2. to consider (考虑 kǎolǜ)
  3. to check; to examine
  4. to study; to investigate

Compounds[edit]

See also[edit]


Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(khảo)