kung fu

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noun \ˌkəŋ-ˈfü, ˌku̇ŋ-\

Definition of kung fu

  1. :  any of various Chinese martial arts and related disciplines that are practiced especially for self-defense, exercise, and spiritual growth

Origin and Etymology of kung fu

Chinese (Beijing) gōngfu skill, art


KUNG FU Defined for English Language Learners

kung fu

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Definition of kung fu for English Language Learners

  • : a form of fighting without weapons that was developed in China : a Chinese martial art


KUNG FU Defined for Kids

kung fu

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noun \ˌkəŋ-ˈfü, ˌku̇ŋ-\

Definition of kung fu for Students

  1. :  an art of self-defense without weapons that was developed in China


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