wǔ five; 5


Used as component in :

Note

Originally a picture of a square with a point in the middle - making 4 points, simplified to show just part of the square
Number of strokes: 4

Sounds same

wǔ (noon) wǔ (martial)

Different tone

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

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

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.

Phrases

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

Also

五福 wǔ fú good luck gods

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