lǎo venerable; old

Made up of [ lǎo old radical 125, spoon; ladle radical 21]

Note

A simplification of the characters for 'hair'; 'person' and 'change' immediately suggesting the change to white hair of the elderly
Number of strokes 6

Related characters


Using lǎo : shǔ (heat) zhě (in process of) xiào (filial piety or obedience)
Using : tā (it) huā (flower) huà (to make into) néng (to be able to) sǐ (die) cǐ (this) ne (and you?)

Sounds same

lǎo (old)

Different tone

láo (to toil)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 老
Stroke order for character 老, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

People

老子 Lao Zi

Proverbs

穿新鞋,走老路 chuān xīn xié, zǒu lǎo lù Stick to the old ways while appearing to follow the latest trends
姜是老的辣 jiāng shì lǎo de là Experience gives wisdom
老骥伏枥,志在千里 laǒ jì fú lì, zhì zài qiān lǐ High ambitions never fade
老奸巨猾 laǒ jiān jù huá To be tricky, cunning, crafty. Well versed in the ways of the world
老气横秋 laǒ qì héng qiū No longer youthful
识途老马 shí tú laǒ mǎ Age brings experience and wisdom

Phrases

你好老林 nǐ hǎolǎo lín Hello Mr. Lin

Also

老子 lǎo zǐ Laozi
Chinese proverb

Proverb

Yán ér wú xìn [yan er wu xin]
word but nothing true
Speak but not mean it
To go back on one's word

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