The Chinese character 笑 (pronounced xiào) means smile or laugh. It is composed of the radical 竹 (zhú - meaning bamboo) and the character 夭 (yāo - meaning tender or gentle).
In the character 笑, the radical 竹 takes the alternate form of ⺮. The radical supplies the meaning, while the character 夭 (yāo) supplies the sound, making 笑 apictophonetic character.
The relationship between bamboo and laughter may seem a bit vague, but you can imagine the movement of bamboo leaves in the wind as similar to the movement of a person laughing.
When you see the character 笑 in a compound word, it most likely has something to do with humor or laughter, as seen in the vocabulary list below.
Mandarin Vocabulary With Xiào
|Traditional Characters||Simplified Characters||Pinyin||English|
|暗笑||暗笑||àn xiào||snigger; snicker|
|爆笑||爆笑||bào xiào||loud laughter|
|嘲笑||嘲笑||cháo xiào||jeer; mockery; make fun of|
|咯咯笑||咯咯笑||gē gē xiào||chuckle|
|歡笑||欢笑||huān xiào||belly laugh|
|譏笑||讥笑||jī xiào||sneer at|
|開玩笑||开玩笑||kāi wán xiào||to play a joke; to make fun of|
|露齒而笑||露齿而笑||lòu chǐ ér xiào||grin|
|取笑||取笑||qǔ xiào||make fun of|
|笑語||笑语||xiào yǔ||cheerful talk|