tài too; excessive

Made up of [ big; great; large; very radical 37, zhǔ dot radical 3]
Made with 4 strokes.
Picture of 'big' with an extra dot stroke making it signify excessive

Related characters


Also uses component: fū (husband) měi (beautiful) mò (do not) qí (strange) qìng (celebrate) shī (to lose) tiān (sky) tóu (head) yāng (center) yí (barbarians)
Also uses zhǔ component: bái (bright) bàn (half) bīng (ice) dì (younger brother) duì (to cash) lì (beautiful) liáng (good) lìng (to order) pù (store) sháo (spoon) shù (method) sū (revive) wǎng (towards) wèi (do) wū (crow) yì (justice) yóu (outstanding) yù (jade) zhōu (prefecture) zhù (to live) zhǔ (owner) zì (from)

Sounds same

tài

Different tone

tái (typhoon) tái (to lift)

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Pronunciation

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

Cities

太原 Taiyuan, Shanxi

People

慈禧太后 Dowager Empress Cixi
元太祖 Genghis Khan

Proverbs

太公钓鱼,愿者上钩 tài gōng diào yú yuàn zhě shàng gōu Trying t o ensnare a gullible person. The ancient story from the Zhou dynasty is of Lord Jiang who used to just hang an unbaited and unhooked line in the air not the water. When asked what he was doing said he was not trying to catch fish but a king who he would serve. After many years of pointless fishing he was appointed to be Prime Minister.

Phrases

tài tài Mrs.
tài tài Mrs.

Also

太极 tàijí Tai Ji