Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various Chinese martial arts, especially those forms in which sharp blows and kicks are applied to pressure points on the body of an opponent.

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  • noun A Chinese martial art.

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  • noun a Chinese martial art

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Mandarin gōngfu, skill, art, labor, from Middle Chinese kəwŋ fuə̆, cultivation of the spirit : kəwŋ, work, labor + fuə̆, to support, assist.]

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Based on the Wade-Giles romanization of the Chinese Mandarin 功夫 ("skill, or accomplishment") (Wade-Giles: kung1-fu, Pinyin: gōngfu, IPA: /kʊŋ˥˥fu/).

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