kung fu

See also: kungfu and kung-fu

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EtymologyEdit

Based on the Wade-Giles romanization of Mandarin 功夫 (skill, or accomplishment) (Wade-Giles: kung1-fu, Pinyin: gōngfu, /kʊŋ˥˥fu/).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈkʌŋ ˈfuː/
    • (file)
  • (Rare) IPA(key): /ˈkʊŋ ˈfuː/
  • (Rare) (emulating Cantonese) IPA(key): /ˈkɔŋ ˈfuː/

NounEdit

kung fu (countable and uncountable, plural kung fu)

  1. (countable) A Chinese martial art.
    Synonym: wushu
    • 1974, Carl Douglas (lyrics and music), “Kung Fu Fighting”, performed by Carl Douglas:
      Everybody was kung-fu fighting / Those kicks were fast as lightning
  2. (martial arts) The Chinese martial arts collectively.
    Synonym: wushu
  3. (slang) A mastery of or expertise in a skill
    1. (slang, computing) A mastery of or expertise in computer programming, hacking, or cracking

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NounEdit

kung fu m (uncountable)

  1. kung fu (Chinese martial art)