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The Chinese word chi - 吃 - chī
(to eat in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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English translations

to eat, to suffer,
to take something (e.g. a chess piece) from a game opponent, to annihilate

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 吃 ( chī ) correctly?"

The strokes that all Chinese characters are composed of are to be written in a certain order which has originally been defined by Chinese calligraphy. Writing all characters according to the same rules assures that their intended shape and style are generally preserved even if written by different writers.
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Chinese characters  ( chi / chī ) with pronunciation (English translation: to eat )
The traditional Chinese characters of chī are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 吃 ( chi / chī ) Writing in Pinyin
Before using this Pinyin example sentence, consider that Chinese characters should always be your first choice in written communication.
If you cannot use Chinese characters, it is preferable to use the Pinyin with tones. Only use the Pinyin without tones if there's no other option (e.g. writing a text message from/to a mobile phone that doesn't support special characters such as ā, í, ŏ, ù).

Wo jiang hui he yige pengyou chi wu fan.
Wŏ jiāng huì hé yīgè péngyŏu chī wŭ fàn.

 – English translation: I will have lunch with a friend.


Tags and additional information
(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

mouth  |  snack
吃 ( chi / chī ) belongs to the 500 most common Chinese characters (rank 305)
Chinese example words containing the character 吃 ( chi / chī )
吃饭 ( chī fàn = to eat ), 吃惊 ( chījīng = to be amazed ), 好吃 ( hăochī = delicious ), 小吃 ( xiăochī = snack ), 小吃店 ( xiăochīdiàn = snack-bar )
More words that mean to eat in Chinese
chī fàn ( 吃饭 ), shí ( 食 )
More words that mean to suffer in Chinese
shòudào ( 收到 )

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Version 5.07 / Last updated: 2017-06-18