tae kwon do

tae kwon do

[tahy kwon doh]
noun
a Korean martial art, a particularly aggressive form of karate, that utilizes punches, jabs, chops, blocking and choking moves, and especially powerful, leaping kicks.
Also, taekwondo.


Origin:
1965–70; < Korean t’aekwŏndo, equivalent to t’ae- trample (< Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese tái) + kwŏn fist (< Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese quán) + -do, combining form of to way (< Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese dào)

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tae kwon do (ˈtaɪ ˈkwɒn ˈdəʊ, ˈteɪ)
 
n
a Korean martial art that resembles karate
 
[C20: Korean tae kick + kwon fist + do way, method]

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tae kwon do
1967, from Korean, from tae "kick" + kwon "fist" + do "art, way, method."
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