Meaning of 挠

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(Trad.: 撓)
Pinyin: náo
English Definition: to scratch; to thwart; to yield
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (hand) conveys the meaning.
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Example Words
阻挠 náo to thwart; to obstruct (sth)
不屈不挠 náo unyielding; indomitable
百折不挠 bǎi zhé náo to keep on fighting in spite of all setbacks (idiom); to be undaunted by repeated setbacks; to be indomitable
挠头 náo tóu tricky; problematic; difficult; to scratch one's head (in puzzlement)
抓耳挠腮 zhuā ěr náo sāi to tweak one's ears and scratch one's cheeks (as an expression of anxiety, delight, frustration etc) (idiom)
More: 挠* | *挠 | *挠*
Example Sentences
Student: yes Prof.: that's the implication there, if she had realized you wouldn't have got scratched.
My white hair has been scratched thin and short, and soon will not be able to hold a hairpin.
Or just tickle a kid until he is beet red from laughter.
Your cat is simply impossible. He always runs around scratching things and does not listen to me.
You deserve to get scratched. What should we call that?