Meaning and pronunciation of 不

Simplified/traditional character
bù (bu4)


(negative prefix); not; no;

HSK levels:

1, 3, 4, 5, 6


  • 一 (yī): one
  • - (): unidentified strokes

Characters with the same pronunciation:

Sentences examples with 不:

  • 对不起,我不爱你了,我就爱她!
    Duìbùqǐ, wǒ bù ài nǐle, wǒ jiù ài tā!
  • 谢谢!不客气!
    A: Xièxiè! B: Bùkèqì!
  • 猫不吃苹果。
    Māo bù chī píngguǒ.
  • 今天我的朋友不能工作,他在医院!
    jīntiān wǒ de péngyǒu bùnéng gōngzuò, tā zài yīyuàn!
  • 习先生怎么样不这儿了?
    Xí xiānshēng zěnme yàng bù zhè'erle?

Words containing 不, by HSK level:

HSK1 word list

  • (búkèqi) : you're welcome; it's my pleasure (answer to someone who thanks)
  • (bù) : not (negative prefix); no
  • (duìbuqǐ) : I'm sorry; excuse me; pardon me; if you please; sorry? (please repeat); unworthy; to let down;

HSK3 word list

  • (bùdàn…érqiě…) : not only ... but also...

HSK4 word list

  • (búguò) : only; merely; no more than; but; however; anyway (to get back to a previous topic)
  • (bùdébù) : have no choice or option but to; cannot but; have to; can't help it; can't avoid
  • (bùguǎn) : no matter (what, how); regardless of; no matter
  • (bùjǐn) : not only (this one); not just (...) but also
  • (chàbuduō) : almost; nearly; more or less
  • (láibují) : there's not enough time (to do sth); it's too late (to do sth)
  • (shòubùliǎo) : unbearable; unable to endure; can't stand

HSK5 word list

  • (búduàn) : unceasing; uninterrupted; continuous; constant
  • (bújiànde) : not necessarily; not likely
  • (búnàifán) : impatience; impatient
  • (búyàojǐn) : unimportant; not serious; it doesn't matter; never mind; it looks all right; but
  • (bùān) : unpeaceful; unstable; uneasy; disturbed; restless; worried
  • (bùdéliǎo) : disastrous; desperately serious; extremely; exceedingly
  • (bùrán) : not so; no; or else; otherwise; if not
  • (bùrú) : not equal to; not as good as; inferior to; it would be better to
  • (bùzú) : insufficient; lacking; deficiency; not enough; inadequate; not worth; cannot; should not
  • (guàibude) : lit. you can't blame it!; no wonder!; so that's why!
  • (kànbuqǐ) : to look down upon; to despise
  • (liǎobuqǐ) : amazing; terrific; extraordinary
  • (rěnbuzhù) : cannot help; unable to bear
  • (shěbude) : to hate to do sth; to hate to part with; to begrudge
  • (shuōbudìng) : can't say for sure; maybe
  • (yàobù) : otherwise; or; or else; how about...? (one choice or the other); either this, or else...

HSK6 word list

  • (àibùshìshǒu) : to love sth too much to part with it (idiom); to fondle admiringly
  • (bābùdé) : to be eager for; to long for; to look forward to
  • (búgù) : in spite of; regardless of
  • (búkuì) : be worthy of; deserve to be called; prove oneself to be
  • (búliào) : unexpectedly; to one's surprise
  • (búxiànghuà) : unreasonable; shocking; outrageous
  • (búxièyīgù) : to disdain as beneath contempt
  • (bùdéyǐ) : act against one's will; have no alternative but to; have to; to have no choice; must
  • (bùfáng) : there is no harm in; might as well
  • (bùgǎndāng) : lit. I dare not (accept the honor); fig. I don't deserve your praise; you flatter me
  • (bùjīn) : can't help (doing sth); can't refrain from
  • (bùkān) : cannot bear; cannot stand; utterly; extremely
  • (bùkěsīyì) : inconceivable (idiom); unimaginable; unfathomable
  • (bùmiǎn) : unavoidable
  • (bùshí) : frequently; often
  • (bùxī) : not stint; not spare; not hesitate (to do sth); not scruple (to do sth)
  • (bùxiāngshàngxià) : equally matched; about the same
  • (bùyánéryù) : it goes without saying; it is self-evident
  • (bùyóude) : can't help; cannot but
  • (bùzéshǒuduàn) : by fair means or foul; by hook or by crook; unscrupulously
  • (bùzhǐ) : incessantly; without end; more than; not limited to
  • (céngchūbùqióng) : more and more emerge; innumerable succession; breeding like flies (idiom)
  • (chuānliúbùxī) : the stream flows without stopping (idiom); unending flow
  • (dàbùliǎo) : at worst; if worst comes to worst; serious; alarming
  • (débùchángshī) : (saying) the gains do not make up for the losses
  • (gōngbùyìngqiú) : supply does not meet demand
  • (hènbudé) : wishing one could do sth; to hate to be unable; itching to do sth; can't wait for; to wish one could do sth; to desire strongly
  • (kèbùrónghuǎn) : to brook no delay; to demand immediate action
  • (luòyìbùjué) : continuously; in an endless stream (idiom)
  • (pòbùjídài) : impatient (idiom); in a hurry; itching to get on with it
  • (qièérbùshě) : to chip away at a task and not abandon it (idiom); to chisel away at sth; to persevere; unflagging efforts
  • (tāotāobùjué) : unceasing torrent (idiom); talking non-stop; gabbling forty to the dozen
  • (wēibùzúdào) : negligible; insignificant
  • (wúwēibùzhì) : in every possible way (idiom); meticulous
  • (yìsībùgǒu) : not one thread loose (idiom); strictly according to the rules; meticulous; not one hair out of place
  • (yǒutiáobùwěn) : regular and thorough (idiom); methodically arranged

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