又 - Dong Chinese dictionary

yòu

again

Original meaning: 

hand

Pictograph of a hand. The character is based on the original meaning "hand". The current meaning "again" is a phonetic loan.

Evolution

又 Oracle script (~1250-1000 BC)

Oracle script

(~1250-1000 BC)
又 Bronze script Late Shang dynasty (~1100 BC)

Bronze script

Late Shang dynasty (~1100 BC)
又 Seal script Shuowen (~100 AD)

Seal script

Shuowen (~100 AD)
又 Clerical script Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)

Clerical script

Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)
又 Regular script Modern

Regular script

Modern
Definitions

 

yòu

and, also, again, in addition; (once) again; also; both... and...; and yet; (used for emphasis) anyway

Most common words with 又
Freq.
Word
Meaning

also

欲言又止

to want to say sth but then hesitate

赔了夫人又折兵

having given away a bride, to lose one's army on top of it (idiom)

玄之又玄

mystery within a mystery

又及

P.S.

Component uses

Meaning component in 20 characters

Sound component in 5 characters

Simplified component in 12 characters

Unknown component in 12 characters