苦 - Dong Chinese dictionary

bitter

Phonosemantic compound. represents the meaning and represents the sound.

Components
艹 meaning component

  Meaning component

caocǎo

  

grass

is a component form of .

古 sound component

  Sound component

  

old

Evolution

苦 Seal script Shuowen (~100 AD)

Seal script

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

Clerical script

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

Regular script

Modern
Definitions

 

bitter; hardship, suffering; hardship; pain; to suffer; to bring suffering to; painstakingly

Most common words with 苦
Freq.
Word
Meaning

痛苦

pain

bitter

辛苦

hard

艰苦

hard

苦难

suffering

Component uses

Meaning component in 1 character

Sound component in 1 character