tóng boy servant

Made up of [ stand; rise radical 117, inside; chinese mile; village radical 166]
Made with 12 strokes.
Originally a picture of a needle going through a slave's eye to blind them - and force servitude. Later form has ideas of 'standing' and 'inside' giving concept of a boy awaiting orders in a house

Related characters


Also uses component: lā (to pull) qīn (parent) wèi (position) yīn (sound) zhàn (station)
Also uses component: lǐ (texture)

Sounds same

tóng (same)

Different tone

tōng (open)

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Proverbs

返老还童 fǎn lǎo huán tóng Returning to youthful energy. Turning back the years. Often used as a compliment to someone sprightly in old age.