dìng how

Made up of [ xīn heart radical 61, zhà at first; suddenly; abruptly ]
Made with 9 strokes.
A combination of 'suddenly' and 'heart' gives idea of bewilderment

Related characters

Also uses xīn component: (certainly) cōng (quick at hearing) (virtue) è (evil) niàn (to read) nín (you (polite)) (to think) wàng (to forget) xiǎng (to think) (idea) yuàn (to hope) zhì (aspiration)
Also uses zhà component: xué (narrow) zhà (to explode) zuò (to do) zuó (previous)

Sounds same

dìng (to set)

Different tone

dīng (nail) dǐng

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