jiān narrow; small


Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Originally comprised of two spears, now one spear is suggested by a single extra stroke.
Number of strokes 5

Sounds same

jiān (difficult)

Different tone

jiǎn (scissors) jiàn (healthy) jiàn (see) jiàn jiàn (to establish) jiàn (gap) jiàn (arrow)

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Chinese proverb

Proverb

滥竽充数
Làn yú chōng shù [lan yu chong shu]
excessive yu pipe supply fate
Passing oneself off as a proficient Yu pipe player
Pretending to be well qualified for a job
Jack of all trades, master of none
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