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Smile in Chinese / Japanese...

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Laugh / Smile

e / shou / wa
Laugh / Smile Scroll

笑 simply means to laugh or smile.

Notes: In some context, it can mean "ridicule" in Korean Hanja. 笑 is not often seen alone in Japanese, though it is understood.

Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile

An idiom for heart-to-heart communication
niān huá wēi xiào
nenge misho
Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile Scroll

This Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhist title relays the idea of "heart-to-heart communication", or "thought transference".

The literal translation is, "holding a flower and subtly smiling", or "the holding of a flower with a subtle smile". It is the visual act and emotion that communicates more volumes than words can say.

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
e / shou / wa
e / sho / wa
e / sho / wa
xiào / xiao4 / xiaohsiao
Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile拈華微笑
nenge misho
niān huá wēi xiào
nian1 hua2 wei1 xiao4
nian hua wei xiao
nien hua wei hsiao
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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Simple Dictionary Definition

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xiào / xiao4
 shō / わらう
Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile Scroll
laugh; smile; CL:個|个[ge4]
(abbreviation) (slang) LOL; haha; (female given name) Warau
to laugh

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yǐn / yin3
smile (archaic)

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shěn / shen3
(literary) to smile; to sneer

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/ yu2
to smile at

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wǎn / wan3
 kanji / かんじ
(kana only) softstem bulrush (Scirpus tabernaemontani); (personal name) Kanji


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 isshou / issho / いっしょう (noun/participle) laugh; smile; (female given name) Hitoe



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gān xiào / gan1 xiao4
kan hsiao
to give a hollow laugh; to force a smile; forced laugh; CL:聲|声[sheng1]


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 tsukuri / つくり (1) making; producing; manufacturing; building; construction; make; structure; (2) appearance (attire, make-up, etc.); (3) build; physique; (4) (See 御作り) sashimi; (prefix noun) (5) forced (smile, etc.)


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lěng xiào / leng3 xiao4
leng hsiao
 reishou / resho / れいしょう
to sneer; to laugh grimly; grin of dissatisfaction (bitterness, helplessness, indignation etc); bitter, grim, sarcastic or angry smile
(noun/participle) sneer; derision; scornful laugh; cold smile


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hán xiào / han2 xiao4
han hsiao
to have a smile on one's face
to contain a smile (?); to contain a smile (?)


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 warai / わらい (1) laugh; laughter; (2) smile; (3) sneer; (4) sex aids (e.g. dildos, pornographic books, erotic woodblock prints, etc.)


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 warau / わらう (v5u,vi) (1) to laugh; (2) to smile; (3) to sneer; to ridicule; (4) to be dumbfounded; to be flabbergasted


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 warai / わらい (1) laugh; laughter; (2) smile; (3) sneer; (4) sex aids (e.g. dildos, pornographic books, erotic woodblock prints, etc.)


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 warau / わらう (v5u,vi) (1) to laugh; (2) to smile; (3) to sneer; to ridicule; (4) to be dumbfounded; to be flabbergasted


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jiān xiào / jian1 xiao4
chien hsiao
evil smile; sinister smile


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mèi xiào / mei4 xiao4
mei hsiao
 bishou / bisho / びしょう
enchanting smile
charming, enticing smile; smile meant to catch a man's attention


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 kyoushou / kyosho / きょうしょう (noun/participle) charming smile


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 kuzusu / くずす (transitive verb) (1) to destroy; to demolish; to pull down; to tear down; to level; (transitive verb) (2) to disturb; to put into disorder; to throw off balance; to make shaky; (transitive verb) (3) to relax (one's pose); to make oneself at ease; (transitive verb) (4) (oft. 札を崩す, etc.) to break (a bill); to change; to make change; (transitive verb) (5) (oft. as 字を崩す) to write in cursive style; to write in running style; (transitive verb) (6) (as 顔を崩す, etc.) to break into a smile; to let off a smile; (transitive verb) (7) to lower (a price)


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wēi xiào / wei1 xiao4
wei hsiao
 bishou / bisho / びしょう
smile; CL:個|个[ge4],絲|丝[si1]; to smile
(noun/participle) smile; (female given name) Mishou
a [small] smile; a [small] smile



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cǎn xiào / can3 xiao4
ts`an hsiao / tsan hsiao
bitter smile


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àn xǐ / an4 xi3
an hsi
hidden smile; smirk; to rejoice covertly; secret satisfaction concerning one's evil plans



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huì xīn / hui4 xin1
hui hsin
knowing (of a smile, look etc)
See: 会心



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huì yì / hui4 yi4
hui i
combined ideogram (one of the Six Methods 六書|六书[liu4 shu1] of forming Chinese characters); Chinese character that combines the meanings of existing elements; also known as joint ideogram or associative compounds; to comprehend without being told explicitly; to cotton on; knowing (smile, glance etc)
See: 会意


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 nakiwarai / なきわらい (noun/participle) smile while crying



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càn xiào / can4 xiao4
ts`an hsiao / tsan hsiao
to smile brightly



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pò yán / po4 yan2
p`o yen / po yen
to break into a smile; (of flowers) to open


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 hagan / はがん (noun/participle) giving a broad smile


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 warai / わらい (1) laugh; laughter; (2) smile; (3) sneer; (4) sex aids (e.g. dildos, pornographic books, erotic woodblock prints, etc.)


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 warau / わらう (v5u,vi) (1) to laugh; (2) to smile; (3) to sneer; to ridicule; (4) to be dumbfounded; to be flabbergasted


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 emi / えみ smile; (female given name) Emi

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