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Meaning of 少

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  • Pinyin: shǎo

    English Definition: few; less; to lack; to be missing; to stop (doing sth); seldom
    Chinese Definition:
    ①数量小的,与“多”相对:多少。少量。少许。
    ②缺,不够:缺少。减少。
    ③不经常:少有。少见。
    ④短时间:少等。少候。少顷。
    ⑤丢,遗失:屋里少了东西。
    ⑥轻视:“且夫我尝闻少仲尼之闻而轻伯夷之义者,如吾弗信,今我睹子之难穷也”。
    ⑦长老多。

    Example Words:
    多少 [ duō shǎo ]: number; amount; somewhat
    减少 [ jiǎn shǎo ]: to lessen; to decrease; to reduce; to lower
    至少 [ zhì shǎo ]: at least; (to say the) least
    缺少 [ quē shǎo ]: lack; shortage of; shortfall; to be short (of); to lack
    不少 [ shǎo ]: many; a lot; not few
    More: 少* | *少 | *少*
  • Pinyin: shào

    English Definition: young
    Chinese Definition:
    ①年纪轻或年轻人:少年。少女。少壮(年轻力壮)。
    ②古代辅佐长官的副职:少傅。少保。
    ③次级的:少校。少将(jiàng)。
    ④姓氏。

    Example Words:
    青少年 [ qīng shào nián ]: adolescent; youth; teenager
    少年 [ shào nián ]: early youth; youngster; (literary) youth; young man
    少女 [ shào ]: girl; young lady
    少爷 [ shào ye ]: son of the boss; young master of the house; your son (honorific)
    刘少奇 [ liú shào ]: Liu Shaoqi (1898-1969), Chinese communist leader, a martyr of the Cultural Revolution
    More: 少* | *少 | *少*
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