Kung-fu definition

kŭng fo͝o, ko͝ong, go͝ong
A Chinese system of self-defense, like karate but emphasizing circular rather than linear movements.
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Any of various Chinese martial arts, especially those forms in which sharp blows and kicks are applied to pressure points on the body of an opponent.
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A Chinese martial art.
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Alternative spelling of kung fu.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of kung-fu - gongfu, kungfu

Origin of kung-fu

  • Mandarin gōngfu skill, art, labor from Middle Chinese kəwŋ fuə̆ cultivation of the spirit kəwŋ work, labor fuə̆ to support, assist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Based on the Wade-Giles romanization of the Chinese Mandarin 功夫 (“skill, or accomplishment”) (Wade-Giles: kung1-fu, Pinyin: gōngfu, IPA: /kʊŋ˥˥fu/).

    From Wiktionary