Originally written as 歬, depicting putting shoes on feet to prepare to go forward. The 刂 (knife) component was added because 前 is phonetically similar to 剪 (cut) and was sometimes used to mean "cut".
歬 Sound Iconic component
Depicts putting shoes on feet (止) to prepare to go forward.
刂 Iconic component
in front, forward; preceding; front; forward; ahead; first; top (followed by a number); future; ago; before; BC (e.g. 前293年); former; formerly
Sound component in 5 characters
箭 剪 煎 翦 湔
Make Me a Hanzi
MTSU Chinese text computing
@dong.chinese @dong.chinese @dong_chinese dong_chinese Partners