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 Her course blended techniques from karate, kung fu, and tae kwon do to help women overpower would-be attackers. Pauline Nyambura, The Christian Science Monitor, "Karate grannies: As assaults persist, Nairobi’s women fight back," 2 Sep. 2020 Most of the mentor-teacher characters in kung fu films are extremely stand-offish and intimidating. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Robert Kirkman talks Fire Power comic and Negan Lives #1," 1 July 2020 In the fall of 1963, Bruce Lee had ambitions of opening kung fu schools across America. Danny Chau, The Atlantic, "What It Means to Understand Bruce Lee," 22 June 2020 Traditional dancers will perform, and spectators can also watch kung fu and karate demonstrations and other martial arts starting at 11 a.m. Chinese food will be available for purchase. Stefany Zamora, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful boats are the big draw at the Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival," 31 July 2017 For 35 years, Reeves has worked across every genre, in tiny art-house projects and big-budget blockbusters, reciting Shakespeare and doing kung fu. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Millennials Just ‘Get’ Keanu Reeves," 24 Apr. 2020 Po Ping, this movie’s wannabe hero, is an animated panda and a hapless kung fu enthusiast who is dropped into the conflict between his area’s martial arts masters and Tai Lung, a villainous snow leopard in pursuit of an artifact of great power. Peter Libbey, New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘Breeders’ and ‘Notes on a Scandal’," 2 Mar. 2020 Galleria Dallas salutes Lunar New Year on Feb. 2 with an afternoon performance of lion and dragon dances, drumming and kung fu demos. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "14 fun things to do the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 31 Jan. 2020 His concept for Dolemite has everything: Boobs, kung fu, high-speed car chases. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Eddie Murphy elevates the shambolically charming biopic Dolemite Is My Name," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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“Kung fu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kung%20fu. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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kung fu

noun
How to pronounce kung fu (audio) How to pronounce kung fu (audio)

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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