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lǎo

  1. lǎo adjective old / aged / elderly / aging
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Time 时间
    Notes: For example, in literary Chinese, 老馬識途 'an old horse knows the road', from Han Feizi's Shuo Lin Shang. FGS translation standard: aged (ABC 'lǎo' 老 sv 1; DCP 'L50'; Kroll '老' 1; Unihan '老')
  2. lǎo noun Kangxi radical 125
    Domain: Radicals 部首
    Notes: (ABC back cover; GHC p. 7)
  3. lǎo prefix indicates seniority or age
    Domain: Affixes 附类
    Notes: In this use, 老 is a prefix used with a person's surname to indicate seniority or with numbers to indicate order or birth amongst brothers and sisters in a familar. For example, 老大 'eldest child' (ABC 'lǎo' 老 prefix 1; Kroll '老' 1a; Norman 1988, p. 113; Sun 2006, loc. 691).
  4. lǎo adjective vegetables that have become old and tough
    Domain: Food and Drink 饮食
    Notes: (ABC 'lǎo' 老 sv 4)
  5. lǎo adverb always
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Function Words 虚词
    Notes: (ABC 'lǎo' 老 adv 2)
  6. lǎo adverb very
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Function Words 虚词
    Notes: (ABC 'lǎo' 老 adv 1)
  7. lǎo adjective experienced
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: (Unihan '老')
  8. lǎo bound form humble self-reference
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: Bound with 老身 'oldy' (Kroll '老' 1b)
  9. lǎo adjective of long standing
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Time 时间
    Notes: (ABC 'lǎo' 老 sv 2)
  10. lǎo adjective dark
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Color 颜色
    Notes: Of colors (ABC 'lǎo' 老 sv 5)
  11. lǎo adjective outdated
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Time 时间
    Notes: (ABC 'lǎo' 老 sv 3)
  12. lǎo noun old people / the elderly
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Life 生活
    Notes: (ABC 'lǎo' 老 n 1)
  13. lǎo noun parents
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Family 家
    Notes: (ABC 'lǎo' 老 n 2)
  14. lǎo prefix indicates familiarity
    Domain: Affixes 附类
    Notes: In this use, 老 is a diminutive venacular form used with a person's surname to indicate familiarity. For example, Lao Wang 老王, for somebody whose surname is Wang (ABC 'lǎo' 老 prefix 2; Kroll '老' 1a; Norman 1988, p. 113; Sun 2006, loc. 691).
  15. lǎo adverb for a long time
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Function Words 虚词
    Notes: (ABC 'lǎo' 老 adv 3)

Contained in

老挝养老老鼠老师老百姓长老老子古老老实生老病死老人老虎老是老板老大妈老大娘老大爷老太太老头儿老头老舍老婆老式老年老人家老乡老成老汉老化老家老太婆老天爷老爷老一辈衰老老婆饼老舍纪念馆老气横秋小老婆老头子孤老老套子老吾老以及人之老老鹰老聃年老长生不老法老老龄化龙头老大苍老

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Truncated for common words

CollectionDocument TitleOccurrences
Shuo Wen Jie Zi 《說文解字》 《老部》 Lǎo Radical 17
The Book of Rites 《禮記》 《王制》 Royal Regulations 16
Records of the Grand Historian 《史記》 《滑稽列傳》 Biographies of Jesters 12
The Book of Rites 《禮記》 《內則》 The Pattern of the Family 12
Records of the Grand Historian 《史記》 《趙世家》 House of Zhao 10
Records of the Grand Historian 《史記》 《匈奴列傳》 Treatise on the Xiongnu 8
Commentaries on the Four Books by Zhu Xi 朱熹《四書章句集注》 《梁惠王章句上》 Commentary on Liang Hui Wang I 8
Commentaries on the Four Books by Zhu Xi 朱熹《四書章句集注》 《梁惠王章句下》 Commentary on Liang Hui Wang II 6
The Book of Rites 《禮記》 《曲禮下》 Summary of the Rules of Propriety Part 2 6
Commentaries on the Four Books by Zhu Xi 朱熹《四書章句集注》 《述而第七》 Commentary on Shu Er VII 6

Collocations

SimplifiedTraditionalExampleExample ReferenceFrequency
不如老 不如老 吾不如老農 The Analects of Confucius 《論語》 13. 《子路》 Zi Lu 2

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ExampleSourceOccurrences
7. 《述而》 Shu Er in The Analects of Confucius 《論語》 2
不如 13. 《子路》 Zi Lu in The Analects of Confucius 《論語》 2
14. 《憲問》 Xian Wen in The Analects of Confucius 《論語》 2
及其 16. 《季氏》 Ji Shi in The Analects of Confucius 《論語》 1
18. 《微子》 Wei Zi in The Analects of Confucius 《論語》 1
七十 《曲禮上》 Summary of the Rules of Propriety Part 1 in The Book of Rites 《禮記》 2
國君 《曲禮下》 Summary of the Rules of Propriety Part 2 in The Book of Rites 《禮記》 6
《檀弓上》 Tan Gong I in The Book of Rites 《禮記》 3
主婦 《檀弓下》 Tan Gong II in The Book of Rites 《禮記》 2
以致 《王制》 Royal Regulations in The Book of Rites 《禮記》 16
《齊物論》 The Adjustment of Controversies in Zhuangzi 《莊子》 1
《大宗師》 The Great and Most Honoured Master in Zhuangzi 《莊子》 5
是以七十 《天道》 The Way of Heaven in Zhuangzi 《莊子》 1
《至樂》 Perfect Enjoyment in Zhuangzi 《莊子》 1
神農同學 《知北遊》 Knowledge Rambling in the North in Zhuangzi 《莊子》 2
好學 Selections from Stories by Liu Xiang in Selections of Literary Chinese Prose 1
《釋詁》 Explanation of Old Words in Er Ya 《爾雅》 1
《釋言》 Explanation of Words in Er Ya 《爾雅》 1
《釋鳥》 Explanation of Birds in Er Ya 《爾雅》 2
於是 《本紀‧五帝本紀》 Annals - Annals of the Five Emperors in Records of the Grand Historian 《史記》 3
舉國 《周本紀》 Annals of Zhou in Records of the Grand Historian 《史記》 1
《秦本紀》 Annals of Qin in Records of the Grand Historian 《史記》 1
謝病 《秦始皇本紀》 Annals of Qin Shi Huang in Records of the Grand Historian 《史記》 1
婦女 《項羽本紀》 Annals of Xiang Yu in Records of the Grand Historian 《史記》 3
《卷一‧序》 Scroll 1, Preface in Shuo Wen Jie Zi 《說文解字》 1