Meaning of 吓

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(Trad.: 嚇)
Total strokes: 6; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (mouth) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
    • [ xià ] below, underneath; inferior; to bring down; next
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  • Pinyin: xià
    English Definition: to frighten; to scare
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    吓唬 xià hu to scare; to frighten
    惊吓 jīng xià to frighten; to horrify; to terrify
    杀鸡吓猴 shā xià hóu lit. killing the chicken to scare the monkey (idiom); to punish an individual as an example to others; pour encourager les autres
    吓倒 xià dǎo to be frightened
    吓坏 xià huài to be terrified; to terrify sb
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  • Pinyin:
    English Definition: to scare; to intimidate; to threaten; (interjection showing disapproval) tut-tut; (interjection showing astonishment)
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    恐吓 kǒng to threaten; to menace
    威吓 wēi to threaten; to intimidate; to cow
    恫吓 dòng to intimidate; to threaten
    单方恐吓 dān fāng kǒng unilateral threat
    虚声恫吓 shēng dòng to threaten; to intimidate (idiom)
    More: 吓* | *吓 | *吓*
Example Sentences
Someone knocked on the door and gave me a shock.
This horror movie really scared me.
The tall man seems a bit intimidating.
He used harsh words to scare off those rude customers.
The thunderbolt scared me.