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老 lǎo: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 3

老 (lǎo) English Meaning

  • old (of people)
  • prefix used before the surname of a person or a numeral indicating the order of birth of the children in a family or to indicate affection or familiarity
  • venerable (person)
  • experienced
  • of long standing
  • always
  • all the time
  • of the past
  • very
  • outdated
  • (of meat, etc.) tough

Traditional Character:  

This character forms words in:

HSK 1, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to jump to the list.

Sample Sentences

  • 老问题。
    Lǎo wèntí.
    The same old problem.
  • 他很老。
    Tā hěn lǎo.
    He was very old.
  • 老狗叫了。
    Lǎo gǒu jiàole.
    The old dog barked.
  • 这些是很老书。
    Zhèxiē shì hěn lǎo shū.
    These are very old books.
  • 活到老学到老。
    Huó dào lǎo xué dào lǎo.
    Nobody is too old to learn.
  • 我父母还不老。
    Wǒ fùmǔ hái bùlǎo.
    My parents aren’t old yet.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

老(lǎo): old (of people); venerable (person); prefix used before the surname of a person or a numeral indicating the order of birth of the children in a family or to indicate affection or familiarity; experienced; of long standing; always; all the time; of the past; very; outdated; (of meat, etc.) tough

  • (lǎo): old
  • (tǔ): earth
  • 丿 (piě): oblique
  • (bǐ): spoon / man overthrown

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 老

HSK 1 Word List

HSK 3 Word List

  • 老(lǎo): old (of people); venerable (person); prefix used before the surname of a person or a numeral indicating the order of birth of the children in a family or to indicate affection or familiarity; experienced; of long standing; always; all the time; of the past; very; outdated; (of meat, etc.) tough

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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