shǎo less; few

Made up of [ xiǎo small; young radical 42, 丿 piě 'slash' radical 4]

Note

A cut stroke added to the character for 'small' makes it even smaller
Number of strokes 4

Related characters


Using xiǎo : dāng (to be) shàng (still) sūn (grandson)
Using 丿 piě : hū (at) nǎi (to be) shī (to lose) wù (do not) yì (justice) lè (music) zhī (him) zú (clan) jiǔ (long time) me (what) dì (younger brother) wù (fifth (ordinal))

Different tone

sháo (spoon)

< Previous sháo Next shé >

Pronunciation

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

People

刘少奇 Liu Shaoqi

Proverbs

少见多怪 shaǒ jiàn duō guài Unsettled by a new environment
笑一笑,十年少 xiào yī xiào, shí nián shào Happiness is the best cosmetic

Phrases

多少 duō shǎo how much
你要多少瓶葡萄酒 nǐ yào duō shǎo píng pú táo jiǔ You want how many bottles of wine?
Year of the ...

Year of the ...

Culture

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