shǎo less; few

Made up of [ xiǎo small; young radical 42, 丿 piě 'slash' radical 4]
Used as component in : chǎo
Made with 4 strokes.
Originally a picture of four cereal grains. Can be thought of as adding a cut stroke to the character for 'small' makes it even smaller

Related characters


Also uses xiǎo component: dāng (to be) jīng (capital) shàng (still) sūn (grandson)
Also uses 丿 piě component: bì (certainly) dì (younger brother) hū (at) jiǔ (long time) jiǔ (nine) lè (music) me (what) nǎi (to be) nián (year) shēng (produce) shī (to lose) wù (do not) wù (fifth (ordinal)) wǔ (noon) yì (justice) zhī (him) zú (clan)

Different tone

sháo (spoon)

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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

duō shǎo How much
nǐ yào duō shǎo píng pú táo jiǔ You want how many bottles of wine?