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English Definitionunkind; harsh; cutting; mean; acrimony; to embezzle by making illegal deductions
Simplified Script刻薄
Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄎㄜˋ ㄅㄛˊ
Cantonese (Jyutping)hak1bok6
Word Decomposition
quarter (hour); moment; to carve; to engrave; to cut; oppressive; measure word for short time intervals
meager; slight; weak; ungenerous or unkind; frivolous; to despise; to belittle; to look down on; to approach or near; (Chinese surname)

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Words With Same Head Word    
刻苦kèkǔhardworking; assiduous
刻意kèyìmeticulous; painstaking; deliberate
刻画kèhuàto portray
刻不容缓kè bùróng huǎnto brook no delay; to demand immediate action
刻印kèyìnto engrave a seal; stamp mark; to print with carved type; to leave a deep impression
Words With Same Tail Word    
轻薄qīngbólight (weight); frivolous; a philanderer; to scorn; disrespectful
淡薄dànbóthin; light; flagging; faint
俭薄jiǎnbóto lack the necessities of life
厚薄hòubóto favor one and discriminate against the other (abbr. for 厚此薄彼)
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