xiǎo small; young

Note

Division of a small object indicating smallness

Radical

Index 42 used in: shǎo (less) ; dāng (to be) ; shàng (still) ; sūn (grandson)

< Previous radical 41 cùn Next radical 43 wāng >

Different tone

xiào (smile) xiào (filial piety or obedience) xiào (school) xiào (effect)

< Previous xiàng Next xiào >

Pronunciation

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

People

邓小平 Deng Xiaoping

Proverbs

雷声大,雨点小 léi shēng dà, yǔ diǎn xiǎo Overly portentous. Reality did not match expectation
麻雀虽小,五脏俱全 má què suī xiǎo, wǔ zàng jù quán A person is a person regardless of size. Complete in every detail
小洞不补,大洞吃苦 xiǎo dòng bù bǔ, dà dòng chī kǔ Do not put off taking action to put things right
小题大作 xiaǒ tí dà zuò Procrastination and exaggeration

Phrases

小姐 xiǎo jiě Miss

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