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The Chinese word dou - 斗 - dòu
(fight in Chinese)

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Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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(Mandarin = standard Chinese without accent)

Note: This Chinese character can also be pronounced dŏu. However, with a different pronunciation, the meaning of the character will change as well (not yet available in this dictionary).

English translations

fight"Why are some translations grayed out?"
Grayed-out terms are meanings of the character which cannot be used as translations. For example, 必 (bì) has the meaning must / to have to. However, the Chinese translation for "must" is not 必 (bì) but 必须 (bìxū).
, to contend,
to fight, to struggle

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 斗 ( dòu ) 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.
This dictionary shows you the correct stroke order as an animation for all characters so you can learn and understand how to write the character correctly.

Chinese characters  ( dou / dòu ) with pronunciation (English translation: <m>fight</m> )
斗 ( dou / dòu ) in traditional characters
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 斗 ( dou / dòu ) 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).

Gou shengxing ai dou.
Gŏu shēngxìng ài dòu.
 – English translation: Fighting is natural to dogs.

Character complexity
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is composed of 4 strokes and therefore is of very low complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

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

warrior  |  struggle
斗 ( dou / dòu ) belongs to the 1000 most common Chinese characters (rank 612)
Chinese example words containing the character 斗 ( dou / dòu )
斗争 ( dòuzhēng = struggle ), 格斗 ( gédòu = wrestling match ), 熨斗 ( yùndŏu = electric iron ), 战斗 ( zhàndòu = fight )
Other characters that are pronounced dòu in Chinese
More words that mean fight in Chinese
zhàn ( 战 )
More words that mean to contend in Chinese
jìngzhēng ( 竞争 )

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