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
Do you know what a kokle is?
They had an old kokle they let me borrow.
Who is it that comes slowly to my door and gently knocks?
Tap with your shoe on the window, and he will let us in.
The kokle is the manic-depressive of the string family.