five; 5

Used as component in :
Made with 4 strokes.
Originally a picture of a square with a point in the middle - making 4 points, simplified to show just part of the square
Ancient small seal form Small seal

Sounds same

(noon) (martial)

Different tone

(crow) (house) (not to have) (do not) (fifth (ordinal)) (affair) (thing)

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stroke order for 五
Stroke order for character 五, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license


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
五十步笑一百步 wǔ shí bù xiào yī bǎi bù Being complacent about the future. Believing a job is all but done when only half done.
三令五申 sān lìng wǔ shēn Giving order after order. Someone who is officious and over-bearing. The use of three and five is often used to give idea of endless repetition.
不为五斗米折腰 bù wèi wǔ dǒu mǐ zhé yāo Refusing inducements to betray a principles. Incorruptible. The story is of a man who refused to work for a corrupt and arrogant official even though he lost out on a generous salary.


sì shí wǔ gè rén 45 people
wǔ bǎi wǔ shí sān 553
wǔ bǎi wǔ shí sān 553


五福 wǔ fú good luck gods