Meaning of 老

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Pinyin: lǎo
English Definition: prefix used before the surname of a person or a numeral indicating the order of birth of the children in a family or to indicate affection or familiarity; old (of people); venerable (person); experienced; of long standing; always; all the time; of the past; very; outdated; (of meat etc) tough; unicode compatibility variant of
Total strokes: 6; Radical:
Pictographic: A person bent over with long hair and a crutch; compare
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ lǎo ] old, aged; experienced
    • [ ] spoon, ladle; knife, dirk
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Example Words
老师 lǎo shī teacher; Classifiers:
老人 lǎo rén old man or woman; the elderly; one's aged parents or grandparents
老板 lǎo bǎn Robam (brand)
老板 lǎo bǎn boss; business proprietor; Classifiers:
老百姓 lǎo bǎi xìng ordinary people; the "person in the street"; Classifiers:
More: 老* | *老 | *老*
Example Sentences
He is a teacher.
He is an honest man.
He is a teacher.
She is a teacher.
I respect my teacher.