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English Definitionawful; dreadful; fearful; formidable; frightful; scary; hideous; horrible; terrible; terribly
Simplified Script可怕
Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄎㄜˇ ㄆㄚˋ
Cantonese (Jyutping)ho2paa3
Part of Speech(形) adjective
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=5; TOP=Intermediate
Word Decomposition
can; may; able to; to approve; to permit; to suit; (particle used for emphasis) certainly; very
to be afraid; to fear; to dread; to be unable to endure; perhaps; (Chinese surname)

Related Words

Words With Same Head Word    
可以kěyǐcan; may; possible; able to; not bad; pretty good
可能kěnéngmight (happen); can (happen); possible; probable; possibility; probability; maybe; perhaps
可是kěshìbut; however; (used for emphasis) indeed
可怜kěliánpitiful; pathetic; to have pity on
Words With Same Tail Word    
恐怕kǒngpàfear; to dread; I'm afraid that...; perhaps; maybe
害怕hàipàto be afraid; to be scared
哪怕nǎpàeven; even if; even though; no matter how
生怕shēngpàto fear; afraid; extremely nervous; for fear that; to avoid; so as not to
不怕bùpàfearless; not worried (by setbacks or difficulties); even if; even though
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