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v./adj./adv. to lack; to owe; to lose; few, little; for a short while
Other meanings
[shào]   char. young; young master

Simplified Chinese


Traditional Chinese

Simplified stroke orders are based on the 'Standard of National Commonly-used Mandarin Chinese Characters (现代汉语通用字笔顺规范)', issued by the China National Language and Character Working Committee (国家语言文字工作委员会) on April 7th 1997. Traditional stroke orders are based on information issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
jián shǎo
v. decrease
wó měi tiān zì jǐ chī zhōng fàn , suó yǐ chī de hén shǎo .
phr. Every day I have lunch alone, so I do not eat much.
zhè gè dèng zi shǎo le yì tiáo tuǐ .
phr. One of the stool's legs is lost.
zhè ge zì cuò le , shǎo le yì diǎn
phr. This character is wrong, for there is a dot stroke missing.
quē yī shǎo yào
phr. be short of medical services and medications
shǎo dài
v. wait a short while
wǒ hái sháo ní wǔ shí yuán .
phr. I still owe you fifty yuan.