xián to stay idle; to be unoccupied; not busy

Made up of [ mén entrance; gate radical 169, wood; wooden radical 75]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Can be thought of as a tree blocking an entrance with meaning of leisure as will not be disturbed
Number of strokes: 7

Related characters


Also uses mén component: jiàn (gap) jiān (between) mén (s) rùn (leap) wèn (ask) wén (to hear)
Also uses component: bǎn (board) bēi (cup) běn (root) cài (vegetable) cǎi (color) chá (tea) chuáng (bed) gān (pole) guǒ (fruit) jī (machine) jìn (to prohibit) jìn (to prohibit) jú (tangerine) kē (of plants) lái (arrive) lǐ (plum) lí (pear) lín (forest) lóu (multi-story building) qí (board game) qín (Qin) qīn (parent) shù (method) shù (tree) song (Song) tiáo (strip) wèi (not yet) xiāng (each other) xiào (school) yǐ (chair) zhí (to plant) zhī (branch) zhuō (table)

Sounds same

xián

Different tone

xiān (fresh) xiān (first) xiǎn (danger) xiàn (to appear)

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Pronunciation

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