nán male; man

Made up of [ tián field radical 102, strength radical 19]

Note

Combination of 'field' and 'strength' to signify a man's toil in the fields
Number of strokes 7

Related characters


Using tián : léi (thunder) māo (cat) lǐ (inside) mǔ (area) fú (good fortune) fù (rich) jiǎ (first in list) shēn (to extend) lèi (tired) huà (to draw) sī (to think) dài (to respect)
Using : dòng (to use) gōng (accomplishment) láo (to toil) lìng (other) lì (to experience) wèi (do)

Sounds same

nán (south) nán (difficult)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

男女平等 nán nǔ píng děng Treating men and women the same

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nán difficult; problem; difficulty

Made up of [ zhuī short-tailed bird; dove radical 172, yòu also; in addition; and radical 29]

Origin

The old representation had yellow earth baked in the sun as phonetic, the second part remains as a small bird. The modern form has a 'hand' immediately suggesting the 'difficulty' of grasping a bird
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