Dictionary content from CC-CEDICT Simple English to Chinese dictionary

南辕北辙

Word definition:

Simplified
Pīnyīn
English Definition Add a new word to the dictionary Traditional
HSK
to act in a way that defeats one's purpose (idiom)
HSK 6

Character decomposition:

CharacterTot Str
Rad / Str
Mandarin
Pīnyīn
Unihan Definition
standalone and in compounds
Jyutping
Cantonese
Variant
Four corner
Cangjie
component searchdrawdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *南* | 南* | *南
9画
south; southern part; southward
4022.7
JBTJ
splitcomponent searchdetailspronouncebaikeskritter
 *辕* | 辕* | *辕
14画
axle; magistrate's office; surname
4453
KQGRV
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 *北* | 北* | *北
5画
north; northern; northward
1111.0
LMP
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 *辙* | 辙* | *辙
16画
wagon ruts, wheel tracks
4854
KQYBK

Word decomposition:

SimplifiedEnglish Definition
to act in a way that defeats one's purpose (idiom)
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *南* | 南* | *南
surname Nan
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *南* | 南* | *南
south
 
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *辕* | 辕* | *辕
shafts of cart / yamen
  
  běi
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *北* | 北* | *北
north / to be defeated (classical)
   
   chè
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *辙* | 辙* | *辙
to remove / to withdraw
   
   zhé
charactercopypronouncebaikeskritterexampleCorrect
  *辙* | 辙* | *辙
rut / track / rhyme / (dialect) way / method


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