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Pīnyīn Pronunciation
kě | ke3
English translation
thirsty
thirsty, parched; to yearn, to pine for

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Number of strokes

12

Traditional form

Contains the radical

shuǐ

Part of speech

Adjective / 形容词 xíng róng cí Xíngróng cí

Learning hint

water

Etymology of

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Type

pictophonetic

Positional decomposition

氵曷

Semantic compound

shuǐ

Phonetic compound

Explanation

Phonosemantic compound. shuǐ represents the meaning and represents the sound.

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克鲁: 什么 shénme ? 我们 wǒmen huì de . āi yōu !

C: What? We are gonna die of thirst. Oh no!

de 男友 nán yǒu lái .

She is itching for her boy friend to come.

de 时候 shíhou huì 7-11 mǎi guàn chá .

When you're thirsty, you go to 7 - 11 for a box of tea.

这个 zhè ge 时候 shíhou 感到 gǎn dào yòu yòu 饿 è .

By this time he felt both thirsty a hungry.

zhè 男孩 nán hái 精疲力竭 jīng pí lì jié , yòu yòu , dǎo zài 海边 hǎi biān de 沙滩 shātān shǎng .

The boy, tired, hungry and thirsty, fell down on the beach.

Words with

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FrequencySimplifiedMeaningTraditional
渴望 kěwàng to thirst for渴望 kěwàng
thirsty
饥渴 jī kě hungry and thirsty飢渴
口渴 kǒu kě thirsty口渴 kǒu kě
渴求 kě qiú to long for渴求 kě qiú
解渴 jiě kě to quench解渴 jiě kě
如饥似渴 rú jī sì kě to long for sth如飢似渴
干渴 gān kě parched乾渴
消渴 xiāo kě condition characterized by thirst, hunger, frequent urination and weight loss, identified in TCM with type 2 diabetes消渴 xiāo kě
饮鸩止渴 yǐn zhèn zhǐ kě fig. a supposed remedy that only makes matters worse飲鴆止渴
望梅止渴 wàng méi zhǐ kě fig. to console oneself with illusions望梅止渴 wàng méi zhǐ kě
渴慕 kě mù to thirst for渴慕 kě mù
远水不解近渴 yuǎn shuǐ bù jiě jìn kě a slow remedy does not address immediate needs遠水不解近渴
临渴掘井 lín kě jué jǐng lit. not to dig a well until one is thirsty臨渴掘井

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Decomposition

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