The Chinese character 足

And its component form

  1. foot
  2. to be sufficient
  3. ample

The Chinese character 足 contains the component 口 kǒu, mouth. Can you spot it?

足 is both a character and a character component


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can frequently be found used as a meaning component in a Chinese character. You’ll find the Chinese character component in characters related to feet and actions that have to do with walking.

These characters all contain 足:

pǎo

to run

gēn

to follow closely; to go with; heel

zōng

footprint; track; trace

tiào

to jump; to bounce

When used as a component, 足 can also appear in words related to its second meaning: to be sufficient; enough; ample.

The component 足 is usually easy to spot, and even if it’s more often used in words related with walking, it can be used to express sufficiency.

To be sufficient; enough; ample

You can find it in expressions and words meaning this in words like:

足够了 zúgòule: that’s enough

足以 zúyǐ: sufficient

满足 mǎnzú: to satisfy; to meet the needs of

Do you see what meaning 足 brings in these expressions?

You’ll also find the meaning component 足 in many other Chinese characters. Browse the full list here.

All 80,000+ Chinese characters share the same character components. Character components are therefore essential for Chinese learners: they are the building blocks of Chinese. Character components help tremendously with understanding a character: they provide information on its meaning or on its pronunciation. In short, knowing character components will help you analyse, learn and remember each Chinese character much better.

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