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Meaning of 咬

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Pinyin: yǎo
English Definition: to bite; to nip
Chinese Definition:
①上下牙对住,压碎或夹住东西:咬啮。咬噬。咬紧牙关。
②钳子等夹住或螺丝齿轮等卡住:咬合。咬住扣。
③喻话说定了不再改变,亦指受责难或审讯时拉扯不相关的人:一口咬定。乱咬好人。
④狗叫:鸡叫狗咬。
⑤正确地读字音,亦指过分地计较字句的意义:咬字儿。咬文嚼字(过分地斟酌字句,多用来讽刺死抠字眼儿而不领会精神实质)。
⑥追赶进逼:双方比分咬得很紧。

Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (mouth) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
    • [ jiāo ] to connect; to deliver, to exchange; to intersect; to mix
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Example Words
咬牙切齿 yǎo qiè chǐ gnashing one's teeth (idiom); displaying extreme anger; fuming with rage between gritted teeth
咬紧牙关 yǎo jǐn guān lit. to bite the teeth tightly (idiom); fig. to grit one's teeth and bear the pain; to bite the bullet
咬定 yǎo dìng to assert; to insist that
咬文嚼字 yǎo wén jiáo to bite words and chew characters (idiom); punctilious about minutiae of wording
叮咬 dīng yǎo sting; bite (of insect)
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