Meaning of 叩

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(Trad.: 敂)
Pinyin: kòu
English Definition: old variant of ; to knock; to knock; to kowtow
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 5; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (kneel) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
    • [ jié ] seal; kneeling person
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Example Words
叩头 kòu tóu to kowtow (traditional greeting, esp. to a superior, involving kneeling and pressing one's forehead to the ground); also written 磕头
叩首 kòu shǒu to kowtow; also written 磕头
叩门 kòu mén to knock on a door
叩拜 kòu bài to bow in salute; to kowtow
叩见 kòu jiàn to kowtow in salute
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Example Sentences
MANY a time when the spring day knocked at our door I kept busy with my work and you did not answer.
There remained to her from her past, two teeth,--one above, the other below,--which she was continually knocking against each other.
Who is it that comes slowly to my door and gently knocks?
There was none in the world who ever saw her face to face, and she remained in her loneliness waiting for thy recognition.
The traveller has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.