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苦 kǔ: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

苦 (kǔ) English Meaning

  • bitter
  • hardship
  • pain
  • to suffer
  • painstaking

Traditional Character:  

This character forms words in:

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

Sample Sentences

  • 她苦笑了一下。
    Tā kǔxiàole yīxià.
    She smiled a bitter smile.
  • 请来一品脱苦啤酒。
    Qǐng lái yīpǐn tuō kǔ píjiǔ.
    A pint of bitter, please.
  • 他一生为急性疼痛所苦。
    Tā yīshēng wèi jíxìng téngtòng suǒ kǔ.
    He’s suffering from acute pain in his life.
  • 难民苦于缺少食物和医药用品。
    Nànmín kǔyú quēshǎo shíwù hé yīyào yòngpǐn.
    The refugees are suffering for want of food and medical supplies.
  • 虽然汤药很苦,我还是不得不喝了。
    Suīrán tāngyào hěn kǔ, wǒ háishì bùdé bù hēle.
    I had to take the herb tea although it’s bitter.
  • 我想看见他受辱,他使别人吃苦,也让他吃同样的苦。
    Wǒ xiǎng kànjiàn tā shòurǔ, tā shǐ biérén chīkǔ, yě ràng tā chī tóngyàng de kǔ.
    I want to see him humiliated, suffering as much as he has made others suffer.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

苦 (kǔ): bitter; hardship; pain; to suffer; to bring suffering to; painstakingly

  • 艹 (cao): vegetable
  • 古 (gǔ): ancient; old; paleo-

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 苦

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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