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功夫

ChineseEdit

 
merit; achievement; result; service; accomplishment
husband; man
simp. and trad.
(功夫)

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

功夫

  1. time (to do something); synonym for 工夫
    沒有功夫 [MSC, trad.]
    没有功夫 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ méiyǒu gōngfu. [Pinyin]
    I have no time. ( I am busy )
    一會兒功夫一个 [MSC, trad.]
    一会儿功夫一个 [MSC, simp.]
    Yīhuìr gōngfu tā jiù pá shàng le yīgè dà shù. [Pinyin]
    He climbed up a tall tree in no time
  2. efforts (devoted to a task)
    功夫 [MSC, trad. and simp.]
    Yào huā hěn dà de gōngfu cái xíng. [Pinyin]
    It won't work unless one expends great effort.
  3. accomplishments, achievement
  4. skill; art; workmanship (especially Chinese martial arts)
    演員臺詞功夫不錯 [MSC, trad.]
    演员台词功夫不错 [MSC, simp.]
    Nà ge yǎnyuán niàn táicí de gōngfu bùcuò. [Pinyin]
    That actor's skill at reading his lines is not too shabby.
  5. kung fu (Chinese Martial art)
    中國少林功夫首次雅典亮相 [MSC, trad.]
    中国少林功夫首次雅典亮相 [MSC, simp.]
    Zhè shì Zhōngguó Shàolín gōngfu shǒucì zài Yǎdiǎn dēng tái liàngxiàng. [Pinyin]
    This was the first time that Chinese Shaolin kung fu was put on display in Athens, Greece.

SynonymsEdit

Usage notesEdit

  • Originaly, kung fu was refering to any skill learned through great effort. But it have been used by the Occident to refer to Chinese martial art, called 武術武术 (wǔshù) in Chinese. It is used by Chinese to refer to martial arts only since the late twentieth century.

ReferencesEdit

  • 2012, Peter Lorge, Chinese Martial Arts From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0521878814:

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
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NounEdit

功夫 (hiragana かんふう, katakana カンフー, romaji kanfū)

  1. (kenpō): kung fu