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Talking Chinese<->English dictionary with pinyin, English definition, pronunciation, variants, stroke animation, stroke order image, and sample sentences.
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IDChineseTrad.PinyinPlainPYEnglish Definition
IDChineseTrad.PinyinPlainPYEnglish Definition
1 ku3bitter; hardship; pain; to suffer; to bring suffering to; painstakingly
2苦难 苦難 nànku3 nan4suffering
3苦恼 苦惱 nǎoku3 nao3vexed; distressed
4苦笑 xiàoku3 xiao4to force a smile; a bitter laugh
5苦闷 苦悶 mènku3 men4depressed; dejected; feeling low
6苦痛 tòngku3 tong4pain; suffering
7苦心 xīnku3 xin1painstaking effort; to take a lot of trouble; laborious at pains
8苦干 苦幹 gànku3 gan4to work hard
9苦艾 àiku3 ai4wormwood; Artemisia absinthium
10苦艾酒 ài jiǔku3 ai4 jiu3absinthe (distilled anise-based liquor)
11苦熬 áoku3 ao2to endure (years of suffering)
12苦巴苦挨 áiku3 ba1 ku3 ai2bearing great suffering; sustaining one hardship after another (idiom)
13苦不唧 bu ku3 bu5 ji1slightly bitter
14苦不唧儿 苦不唧兒 bu rku3 bu5 ji1 r5erhua variant of 苦不唧
15苦菜花 cài huāKu3 Cai4 hua1Bitter Cauliflower, 1954 socialist realist novel by Feng Deying 冯德英 loosely based on Maxim Gorky's Mother, made into a 1967 film by Li Ang
16苦差 chāiku3 chai1hard task; difficult mission; arduous and unrewarding undertaking; drudgery; grind; chore
17苦差事 chāi shiku3 chai1 shi5see 苦差
18苦楚 chǔku3 chu3suffering; misery; pain (esp. psychological)
19苦处 苦處 chuku3 chu5suffering; distress
20苦大仇深 chóu shēnku3 da4 chou2 shen1great bitterness, deep hatred (idiom); deeply ingrained long-standing resentment
21苦待 dàiku3 dai4treat harshly
22苦胆 苦膽 dǎnku3 dan3gall bladder
23苦迭打 dié ku3 die2 da3coup d'état (loanword)
24苦读寒窗 苦讀寒窗 hán chuāngku3 du2 han2 chuang1to persevere in one's studies in spite of hardships (idiom)
25苦甘 gānku3 gan1bitter sweet
26苦根 gēnku3 gen1underlying cause of poverty
27苦功 gōngku3 gong1hard labor (in penal code); coolie; hard work; laborious effort; painstaking work
28苦瓜 guāku3 gua1bitter melon (bitter gourd, balsam pear, balsam apple, leprosy gourd, bitter cucumber)
29苦瓜脸 苦瓜臉 guā liǎnku3 gua1 lian3sour expression on one's face
30苦果 guǒku3 guo3lit. bitter fruit; fig. painful consequence
31苦哈哈 ku3 ha1 ha1to have difficulty getting by; to struggle (financially etc)
32苦海 hǎiku3 hai3lit. sea of bitterness; abyss of worldly suffering (Buddhist term); depths of misery
33苦海茫茫 hǎi máng mángku3 hai3 mang2 mang2sea of bitterness is vast (idiom)
34苦海无边,回头是岸 苦海無邊,回頭是岸 hǎi biān , huí tóu shì ànku3 hai3 wu2 bian1 , hui2 tou2 shi4 an4The sea of bitterness has no bounds, turn your head to see the shore (idiom). Only Buddhist enlightenment can allow one to shed off the abyss of worldly suffering.; Repent and ye shall be saved!
35苦寒 hánku3 han2bitter cold
36苦活 huóku3 huo2bitter work; sweated labor
37苦活儿 苦活兒 huó rku3 huo2 r5erhua variant of 苦活
38苦集灭道 苦集滅道 miè dàoku3 ji2 mie4 dao4the Four Noble Truths (Budd.), namely: all life is suffering , the cause of suffering is desire , emancipation comes only by eliminating passions , the way to emancipation is the Eight-fold Noble Way 八正道 ; also called 四谛
39苦谏 苦諫 jiànku3 jian4to admonish strenuously
40苦尽甘来 苦盡甘來 jìn gān láiku3 jin4 gan1 lai2bitterness finishes, sweetness begins (idiom); the hard times are over, the good times just beginning
41苦境 jìngku3 jing4grievance; dire straits
42苦菊 ku3 ju2endive
43苦苣 ku3 ju4endive
44苦口 kǒuku3 kou3lit. bitter taste (cf good medicine tastes bitter 良药苦口 ); fig. earnestly (of warning, advice)
45苦口婆心 kǒu xīnku3 kou3 po2 xin1earnest and well-meaning advice (idiom); to persuade patiently
46苦口相劝 苦口相勸 kǒu xiāng quànku3 kou3 xiang1 quan4to earnestly advise (idiom)
47苦苦 ku3 ku3strenuously; persistently; hard; painful
48苦苦哀求 āi qiúku3 ku3 ai1 qiu2to entreat piteously; to implore
49苦苦相逼 xiāng ku3 ku3 xiang1 bi1to compel; to force persistently (idiom)
50苦苦相求 xiāng qiúku3 ku3 xiang1 qiu2to entreat; to urge persistently (idiom)
51苦况 苦況 kuàngku3 kuang4wretched state; miserable plight
52苦劳 苦勞 láoku3 lao2toil; hard work
53苦乐不均 苦樂不均 jūnku3 le4 bu4 jun1joy and sorrow are not balanced (idiom)
54苦力 ku3 li4bitter work; hard toil; (loanword) coolie, unskilled Chinese laborer in colonial times
55苦里呱叽 苦裡呱嘰 li guā ku3 li5 gua1 ji1bitter (idiom)
56苦楝 liànku3 lian4to train hard; to practice diligently; hard work; blood, sweat, and tears; chinaberry (Melia azedarach)
57苦苓 língku3 ling2chinaberry (Melia azedarach)
58苦荬菜 苦蕒菜 mǎi càiku3 mai3 cai4Ixeris denticulata
59苦命 mìngku3 ming4hard lot; bitter fate; unfortunate
60苦难深重 苦難深重 nàn shēn zhòngku3 nan4 shen1 zhong4deep grief; extensive sorrow
61苦情 qíngku3 qing2wretched situation; plight; wretched; miserable
62苦趣 ku3 qu4wretched feelings (opposite: 乐趣 , delight)
63苦日子 ziku3 ri4 zi5hard times
64苦肉计 苦肉計 ròu ku3 rou4 ji4the trick of injuring oneself to gain the enemy's confidence; Classifiers:
65苦涩 苦澀 ku3 se4bitter and astringent; pained; agonized
66苦参 苦參 shēnku3 shen1liquorice (Sophora flavescens), with roots used in TCM
67苦事 shìku3 shi4hard job; arduous task
68苦水 shuǐku3 shui3bitter water (e.g. mineral water containing sulfates); suffering; digestive fluids rising from stomach to the mouth; fig. bitter complaint
69苦思 ku3 si1to think hard; bitter thoughts; to pour out one's sufferings
70苦思冥想 míng xiǎngku3 si1 ming2 xiang3to consider from all angles (idiom); to think hard; to rack one's brains
71苦头 苦頭 touku3 tou5sufferings
72苦味 wèiku3 wei4bitter taste; bitterness
73苦心揣摩 xīn chuǎi ku3 xin1 chuai3 mo2painstakingly progress through trial and error (idiom)
74苦心孤诣 苦心孤詣 xīn ku3 xin1 gu1 yi4to make painstaking efforts (idiom); after much trouble; to work hard at sth
75苦心经营 苦心經營 xīn jīng yíngku3 xin1 jing1 ying2to build up an enterprise through painstaking efforts
76苦刑 xíngku3 xing2ascetic practice; torture; corporal punishment (traditionally involving mutilation or amputation)
77苦行赎罪 苦行贖罪 xíng shú zuìku3 xing2 shu2 zui4penance (to atone for a sin)
78苦杏仁苷 xìng rén gānku3 xing4 ren2 gan1amygdalin
79苦学深思 苦學深思 xué shēn ku3 xue2 shen1 si1to study hard and think deeply (idiom)
80苦窑 苦窯 yáoku3 yao2(slang) prison
81苦药良针 苦藥良針 yào liáng zhēnku3 yao4 liang2 zhen1salutary advice (idiom)
82苦役 ku3 yi4forced labor; corvée; penal servitude
83苦因 yīnku3 yin1affliction
84苦雨凄风 苦雨凄風 fēngku3 yu3 qi1 feng1bitter and hard life (idiom)
85苦战 苦戰 zhànku3 zhan4bitter struggle; hard battle; arduous effort
86苦蘵 zhíku3 zhi2cutleaf ground-cherry; Physalis angulata
87苦衷 zhōngku3 zhong1secret trouble; sorrow; difficulties
88苦中作乐 苦中作樂 zhōng zuò ku3 zhong1 zuo4 le4to find joy in sorrows (idiom); to enjoy sth in spite of one's suffering
89苦竹 zhúku3 zhu2bitter bamboo (Pleioblastus amarus)
90苦主 zhǔku3 zhu3victim's family (esp. in murder case)

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