wài outside; in addition; foreign

Made up of [ sunset; evening radical 36, divination; prophesy radical 25]

Note

Consists of 'evening' and 'divination', as divination was only carried out during the day this gives the meaning of something unusual, foreign or 'outside' normality
Number of strokes: 5

Related characters


Also uses component: duō (many) duō (many) míng (name) suì (year) yè (night)
Also uses component: chù (place) jiù (fault) zhān (to observe) zhēn (chaste) zhuō (table)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

家丑不可外扬 jiā chǒu bù kě wài yáng Keep family problems within the family
节外生枝 jié wài shēng zhī New problems pop up unexpectedly
月到中秋分外明, 每逢佳节倍思亲 yuè dào zhōng qiū fèn wài míng, měi féng jiā jié bèi sī qīn Longing to see family from far away
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Chinese proverb

Proverb

Yǒu gòng dǔ [you mu gong du]
has eye common observe
Seen by everyone. There for all to see
Obvious to everybody
Plain for all to see
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