Meaning of 挠

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(Trad.: 撓)
Pinyin: náo
English Definition: to scratch; to thwart; to yield
Chinese Definition:

Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (hand) conveys the meaning.
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Example Words
阻挠 náo to thwart; to obstruct (sth)
不屈不挠 náo unyielding; indomitable
百折不挠 bǎi zhé náo to keep on fighting in spite of all setbacks (idiom); to be undaunted by repeated setbacks; to be indomitable
挠头 náo tóu tricky; problematic; difficult; to scratch one's head (in puzzlement)
抓耳挠腮 zhuā ěr náo sāi to tweak one's ears and scratch one's cheeks (as an expression of anxiety, delight, frustration etc) (idiom)
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