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/
  • (Rare) IPA(key): /ˈkʊŋ ˈfuː/
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NounEdit

kung fu (uncountable)

  1. 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

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NounEdit

kung fu m (uncountable)

  1. kung fu (Chinese martial art)