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吃惊 chī jīng: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

吃惊 (chī jīng) English Meaning

  • to be startled
  • to be shocked
  • to be amazed

Traditional Character:  吃驚

吃 forms words in:

HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

惊 forms words in:

HSK 4 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

Sample Sentences

  • 他一脸吃惊的神情。
    Tā yī liǎn chījīng de shénqíng.
    He had a startled look on his face.
  • 发现她在那,我感到很吃惊。
    Fāxiàn tā zài nà, wǒ gǎndào hěn chījīng.
    I was amazed to find her there.
  • 他的话让我吃惊。
    Tā dehuà ràng wǒ chījīng.
    His words surprised me.
  • 他坦白认罪使我吃惊。
    Tā tǎnbái rènzuì shǐ wǒ chījīng.
    He surprised me by confessing his sins.
  • 这消息使他们大为吃惊。
    Zhè xiāoxī shǐ tāmen dà wéi chījīng.
    The news greatly surprised them.
  • 他的记忆力总让我吃惊。
    Tā de jìyìlì zǒng ràng wǒ chījīng.
    His memory never ceases to astonish me.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

吃 (chī): to eat; to consume; to eat at (a cafeteria etc); to eradicate; to destroy; to absorb; to suffer; to stammer. Taiwan's pronunciation for this sense is jí.

  • (kǒu): mouth
  • (qǐ): to beg

惊 (jīng): to start; to be frightened; to be scared; alarm

  •  (xin): heart
  •  (jīng): capital city of a country; big; algebraic term for a large number (old); artificial mound (old)

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 吃

HSK 1 Word List

  • 吃 (chī): to eat; to have one’s meal; to eradicate; to destroy; to absorb; to suffer; to exhaust

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 吃亏 (chī kuī): to suffer losses; to come to grief; to lose out; to get the worst of it; to be at a disadvantage; unfortunately

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 惊

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

  • 惊动 (jīng dòng): alarm; alert; disturb
  • 惊奇 (jīng qí): to be amazed; to be surprised; to wonder
  • 惊讶 (jīng yà): amazed; astonished; to surprise; amazing; astonishment; awe
  • 震惊 (zhèn jīng): to shock; to astonish
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