kung fu

kung fu

[kuhng foo, koong]
noun
an ancient Chinese method of self-defense by striking blows at vulnerable areas of an attacker's body using fluid movements of the hands and legs.

Origin:
< Chinese gōngfú literally, skill

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kung fu (ˈkʌŋ ˈfuː)
 
n
any of various Chinese martial arts, some focusing on unarmed combat, others involving the use of weapons
 
[from Chinese: skill, accomplishment]

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kung fu
1966, from dial. Chinese kung fu, literally "merit master."
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