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Meaning of 姑

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Pinyin:
English Definition: paternal aunt; husband's sister; husband's mother (old); nun; for the time being (literary)
Chinese Definition:
①称父亲的姐妹:姑姑。姑父。姑表(一家的父亲和另一家的母亲是兄妹或姐弟的亲戚关系,如“姑姑兄弟”)。
②丈夫的姊妹:小姑子。姑嫂。
③旧时妻称夫的母亲:翁姑。舅姑。
④少女,亦作妇女的通称:姑娘(a。未婚少女,“娘”读轻声;b。姑母)。道姑。尼姑。
⑤暂且,苟且:姑且。姑息。

Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Ideographic: An older 古 woman 女; 古 also provides the pronunciation
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • woman, girl; female
    • old, classic, ancient
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Example Words:
姑且 [ qiě ]: for the time being; tentatively
姑娘 [ niang ]: girl; young woman; young lady; daughter; paternal aunt (old); Classifiers:
姑姑 [ gu ]: paternal aunt; Classifiers:
三姑六婆 [ sān liù ]: women with disreputable or illegal professions (idiom)
仙姑 [ xiān ]: female immortal; sorceress
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