Posted by: manchucka | April 1, 2008

Dictionary of Chinese idioms 成語


Pepper your language with obscure 4-character idioms to impress. Or, find out what those 4-character idioms mean that pepper your friends’ language. Or just think about pepper. But beware: 坐吃山空 “even a great fortune can be depleted by idleness.”

Need help? Use this handy dictionary of Chinese idioms 成語 chéngyǔ. It’s surprisingly comprehensive. Screenshots below.




  1. I love the Chinese-tools chengyu dictionary. Right now it’s probably the best online chengyu dictionary, but that might change as Chinese becomes more popular and more Chinese-learning tools become available online. The NCIKU site is also very good but doesn’t really have many idioms.

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