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adv. would rather; (lit. in rhetorical question) how, could there be, could it be (pronounced as ning2 in Taiwan)
Other meanings
[níng]   char. peaceful; appease, pacify; (lit., of a married woman) visit (her parents or relatives)
[níng]   n. Ning (the abbreviation of Ningxia Province)

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.
nìng kě
adv. would rather (pronounced as ning2ke3 in Taiwan)
nìng quē wú làn
idiom. would rather go without than make do with sth shoddy or substandard, better to accept too few than to make up a number by lowering the standard
nìng sǐ bù qū
idiom. to prefer death to disgrace; would rather die than give in (or submit, surrender)
wáng hóu jiàng xiàng , nìng yóu zhǒng hū ?
phr. (ancient Chinese) Is there anyone who is born to be a king, a duke, a general or a minister? (a rhetorical question)