ài love; affection; to be fond of

Made up of [ zhuǎ claw radical 87, cover; crown radical 14, yǒu friend ]
Alternative traditional form of character:


Originally comprised 'breath' and 'heart' combined with gracious movement. The simplified form replaces 'heart' with two 'hand's so suggests close friendship rather than love
Number of strokes: 10

Related characters

Also uses zhuǎ component: fú (to trust) shòu (to receive)
Also uses component: láo (to toil) měi (each) měng (Mongol) miǎn (to escape) nóng (peasant) xiě (write)

Different tone

ǎi (low)

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爱不释手 ài bù shì shǒu Locked in love's clutches
爱屋及乌 ài wū jí wū In love with everything in the world
萝卜白菜,各有所爱 luó bo bái cài, gè yǒu suǒ ài Everyone has their own preferences
生活有爱幸福,为爱生活愚蠢 shēng huó yǒu ài xìngfú, wèi ài shēng huó yú chǔn Love is not the most important thing

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