kung fu

noun
\ ˌkəŋ-ˈfü How to pronounce kung fu (audio) , ˌku̇ŋ- How to pronounce kung fu (audio) \

Definition of kung fu

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

Examples of kung fu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These little zipper pouches are made by the bag company Topo Designs, but your loved one need not be a Topophile in order to take advantage of the organizational kung fu these satchels bring to any backpack or briefcase. Michael Calore, Wired, 18 Nov. 2021 This results in a thick stew of ingredients: science fiction meets neo-noir meets buddy comedy meets Western meets kung fu gangster epic. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2021 Bruce Lee, who was born in San Francisco, is credited with bringing Hong Kong kung fu films to non-Asian audiences because of his jaw-dropping martial arts prowess. Terry Tang And Marcela Isaza, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Sep. 2021 Entertainment comes from DJs, dance troupes, kung fu associations and hip-hop artists Year of the Ox. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 Englehart wrote Shang-Chi as a cerebral, would-be philosopher contending with his violent family history and a desire to be better, while Starlin had a blast sketching complex scenes of Shang-Chi's kung fu match-ups. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 4 Sep. 2021 The actor, 28 years old at the time of his death, was best known as the son of kung fu star Bruce Lee. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2021 Katy’s surprised to find her bud battling villains like a kung fu Spider-Man, and one of them nabs a pendant from Shaun that his late mother Li (Fala Chen) gave him. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2021 The film concerns three lifelong friends who grew up as kung fu prodigies have grown into past-their-prime middle-aged men, who now reunite to investigate the mysterious death of their childhood teacher. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of kung fu

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kung fu

Chinese (Beijing) gōngfu skill, art

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The first known use of kung fu was in 1870

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28 Nov 2021

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“Kung fu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kung%20fu. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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kung fu

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kung fu

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

kung fu

noun
\ ˌkəŋ-ˈfü How to pronounce kung fu (audio) , ˌku̇ŋ- \

Kids Definition of kung fu

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

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