qiàn yawn; deficient

Made with 4 strokes.
Can be remembered by thinking of a person (radical) with a hand over mouth on top

Different tone

qiān (thousand) qiān qián (money) qián (Heaven) qián qián (front) qiǎn (shallow)


Index 76 used in: (next in sequence) ; (song) ; huān (merry) ; ruǎn (soft) ; yǐn (to drink) ; (to wish for)

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stroke order for 欠
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万事俱备,只欠东风 wàn shì jù bèi, zhǐ qiàn dōng fēng Lacking one small, but crucial item. It refers to the battle of Red Cliff in the Three Kingdoms period when Cao Cao's great army threatened to overcome his adversaries on the Yangzi River. The clever strategy advocated by Zhuge Liang was to send fire boats into Cao Cao's navy to destroy the boats. Everything was prepared but for ages the wind was in the wrong direction. At last it changed to the east, the fire boats were launched and Cao Cao was defeated.