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Stroke order
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Etymology

A person () with lowered arms, implies the meaning of "small." In contrast, (the character for "large"), symbolizes a person () with arms outstretched.

Han character

(radical 42 +0, 3 strokes, cangjie input 弓金 (NC), four-corner 90000)

  1. small, little, young, tiny, insignificant

References

  • KangXi: page 296, character 18
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 7473
  • Dae Jaweon: page 587, character 8
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 560, character 12
  • Unihan data for U+5C0F

Cantonese

Hanzi

(jyutping siu2, Yale siu2)


Japanese

Noun

(hiragana しょう, romaji shō)

  1. smallness; small size, small (sometimes used as an abbreviation for small serving, etc.)

Prefix

(hiragana , romaji ko)

  1. less in size or quantity, small, little, short
  2. less in intensity, small, light, slight
  3. of secondary importance, secondary, sub-

Suffix

(hiragana しょう, romaji shō)

  1. suffix after names of elementary schools
    佃小 (tsukudashō): Tsukuda Elementary School

Kanji

(grade 1 kanji)

Readings

Compounds

Idioms


Korean

Hanja


Eumhun:

  • Sound (hangeul): 소 (revised: so, McCune-Reischauer: so, Yale: so)
  • Name (hangeul): 작다 (revised: jakda, McCune-Reischauer: chakta, Yale: cakta)

Mandarin

Pronunciation

Adjective

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin xiǎo)

  1. small; tiny; few; young

Hanzi

(pinyin xiǎo (xiao3), shào (shao4), Wade-Giles shao4, hsiao3)

Compounds


Middle Chinese

Han character

(*siɛ̌u)


Vietnamese

Han character

(tiểu, tĩu)

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