: 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 Hopkins enlisted in the Army after graduating high school and traveled the world for several years, becoming familiar with martial arts like kung fu and capoeria. J.m. Banks, Kansas City Star, 7 July 2024 But her priorities change when monk Shen (Shin Koyamada) teaches her about Chinese culture and trains her in kung fu, which makes for some exciting fight scenes. Ew Staff, EW.com, 1 July 2024 But it's got some things working in its favor, including a nifty murder-mystery angle (with the Jedi Order investigating a killing spree) and a kung fu influence. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 7 June 2024 The 30-look collection takes inspiration from traditional Shaolin shapes and cues from kung fu, which has religious and meditative roots as well as a focus on perfecting the physical body. Rhonda Richford, WWD, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for kung fu 

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Word History


Chinese (Beijing) gōngfu skill, art

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

: a Chinese art of self-defense resembling karate

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