Word and Radical Components of

The Chinese word 背 is analysed below into its constituent words and the words into radicals. By seeing the breakdown of the word in this way you can more easily learn and recognise the word.


Component Pinyin Meanings
bèi 1. (anatomy) back
2. back; backside; reverse side
3. back of the hand
4. to turn one's back to
5. to abandon; to give up
6. to betray; to be disloyal
7. to deviate; to go contrary to; to violate
8. unlucky; out of luck
9. to recite
bēi 10. to carry on the back
11. (figurative) to carry; to bear (blame); to shoulder (responsibility)

背 ⇨ 北 + 月
Component Pinyin Meanings
běi, bò 1. north; northern
yuè 1. usage. Do not confuse (lang, mul, 月) with m, mul, ⺼, sc=Hani, a form of m, mul, 肉, , flesh, meat when used as the left-hand radical of a character. m, mul, ⺼, sc=Hani is used for parts of the body such as m
2. (literary) moon
3. moon-shaped objects
4. month
5. monthly