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Meaning of 唉

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Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (mouth) conveys the meaning.
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    • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
    • [ ] particle of completed action
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  • Pinyin: āi

    English Definition: interjection or grunt of agreement or recognition (e.g. yes, it's me!); to sigh
    Chinese Definition:
    ①应人声。
    ②叹息的声音:唉声叹气。

    Example Words:
    唉唉 [ āi āi ]: (onom.) sighing voice; crying sound
    唉姐 [ āi jiě ]: granny (dialect)
    唉声叹气 [ āi shēng tàn ]: sighing voice, wailing breath (idiom); to heave deep sighs; to sigh in despair
  • Pinyin: ài

    English Definition: alas; oh dear
    Chinese Definition:
    ①表示伤感或惋惜。[例]唉!他不小心摔伤了。
    ②表示同情。[例]唉,他病得怪可怜的!
    ③另见āi。

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