Meaning of 苟

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Pinyin: gǒu
English Definition: if; supposing; careless; negligent; temporarily; surname Gou
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (wild grass) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ cǎo ] grass, weed, plant, herb
    • [jùgou1] sentence, clause, phrase, paragraph; stanza
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Example Words
一丝不苟 gǒu not one thread loose (idiom); strictly according to the rules; meticulous; not one hair out of place
苟且 gǒu qiě perfunctory; careless; drifting along; resigned to one's fate; improper (relations); illicit (sex)
不苟言笑 gǒu yán xiào serious in speech and manner; reticent; taciturn (idiom)
苟安 gǒu ān see 苟且偷安
苟同 gǒu tóng to agree blindly
More: 苟* | *苟 | *苟*
Example Sentences
Attention to detail is the hallmark of a fine craftsman.
Germans have a pure working attitude, very meticulous.