cǐ this; these

Made up of [ zhǐ to stop; to prohibit; until; footprint radical 77, spoon; ladle radical 21]
Used as component in : xiē ; chái
Made with 6 strokes.
Originally a combination of picturs of 'toe' and 'man' giving idea of 'this one'

Related characters


Also uses zhǐ component: bù (a step) 齿 chǐ (tooth) dìng (to set) wǔ (martial) zhèng (correct) zǒu (walk) zú (foot)
Also uses component: běi (north) huà (to make into) huá (splendid) huā (flower) lǎo (venerable) ne (and you?) néng (to be able to) sǐ (die) tā (it)

Different tone

cí (porcelain) cì (next in sequence)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

灭此朝食 miè cǐ zhāo shí Grasp current opportunity; anxious to do battle. Tackle the important problem first.
乐此不疲 lè cǐ bù pí Said of a task that is enjoyable and so does not seem to be tiring. Can also be applied to a pleasurable task that you never get tired of doing.
此地无银三百两 cǐ dì wú yín sān bǎi liǎng Accidentally giving away the hidden truth in an explanation. The story is of a man who buried 300 pieces of stolen silver. Strangely he put up a sign to say that the 300 pieces were not buried on top of his horde. Someone a little more clever dug up the cash and replaced the sign to say he had not dug up the cash buried there.