古 - Dong Chinese dictionary

old

Original meaning: 

firm, solid

Depicts a shield. Based on the original meaning "firm, solid", which is now written as . The current meaning "old" is a phonetic loan.

Components
◎ iconic component

  Iconic component

  

characterless component

Depicts a shield.

口 meaning component

  Meaning component

kǒu

  

mouth

The component is sometimes used to indicate an abstract meaning taken from a concrete object. Here, the concrete object "shield" evokes the abstract meaning "firm, solid".

Evolution

古 Oracle script (~1250-1000 BC)

Oracle script

(~1250-1000 BC)
古 Bronze script Early Western Zhou (~1000 BC)

Bronze script

Early Western Zhou (~1000 BC)
古 Seal script Shuowen (~100 AD)

Seal script

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

Clerical script

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

Regular script

Modern
Definitions

 

old, classic, ancient; ancient; old; paleo-

 

surname Gu

Most common words with 古
Freq.
Word
Meaning

old

古怪

eccentric

古巴

Cuba

古老

ancient

古代

ancient times

Component uses

Meaning component in 1 character

Sound component in 27 characters