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English Definitionfew; less; to lack; to be missing; to stop (doing something); seldom
See alsoshào young
Simplified Script
Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo) ㄕㄠˇ
Cantonese (Jyutping)siu2
Part of Speech(形) adjective, (副) adverb
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=1; TOP=Basic

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Words With Same Head Word    
少数shǎoshùsmall number; few; minority
少量shǎoliànga smidgen; a little bit; a few
少数民族shǎoshù mínzúnational minority; ethnic group
少来shǎoláirefrain (from doing something); (coll.) Come on!; Give me a break!; Save it!
少刻shǎokèa short while; soon
Words With Same Tail Word    
不少bùshǎomany; a lot; not few
减少jiǎnshǎoto lessen; to decrease; to reduce; to lower
至少zhìshǎoat least; (to say the) least
缺少quēshǎolack; shortage of; shortfall; to be short (of); to lack
或多或少huò duō huò shǎomore or less
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