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Modern Chinese Version
gōng jiàn shǒu
Archer Scroll

弓箭手 is how to write "archer" in modern Chinese.

弓箭手 mean "bow arrow hand".

There are other ways to write "archer" in Chinese, but this is probably the most common title for modern China. The other, less-common version of archer, is also more universal, in that it has the same meaning in Japanese (this one is not used in Japan).


Ancient title for Archer
yì rén
Archer Scroll

弋人 is the ancient way to write archer in both Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

If you carried a bow into battle in an army of ancient Asia, this would be your title.

Note: 弋人 is an antiquated term that is rarely used in modern Chinese, Korean or Japanese. Beyond archer, this can also mean a ceremonial hunter in Japanese.

Note: This title is so old, that most Asian people will not recognize this as a normal word. It has not been in regular use for many generations.


shè shǒu
i te / sha shu
Archer Scroll

射手 means archer, shooter, or marksman in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Depending on context, it can also mean "goal getter" in Chinese. This would also be the word for bowman.

射手 is kind of modern in Asia, meaning that it's only been in use for a few hundred years. However, the more ancient version of archer is often not even recognized by the current generation of Chinese and Japanese people.

The first character means "shoot" or "fire" (in the context of a gun or bow). It's also a suffix for radioactive things (in the context of chemistry) - radioactive things "fire off" electrons. In Japanese, that first Kanji is a short name and suffix for archery.

The second character means "hand" but hand can also mean a person, in the same way, that "farmhand" is a person in English.

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Archer弓箭手gōng jiàn shǒu
gong1 jian4 shou3
gong jian shou
kung chien shou
Archer弋人yokujinyì rén / yi4 ren2 / yi ren / yireni jen / ijen
Archer射手i te / sha shu
ite / shashu
shè shǒu / she4 shou3 / she shou / sheshou

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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to stop; repress
(1) (kana only) expectation that something took place, will take place or was in some state; it should be so; bound to be; expected to be; must be; (2) nock (of a bow); (3) nock (of an arrow); (4) (sumo) nock-shaped grip (between thumb and forefinger); (5) wooden frame on the tip of the mast of a Japanese ship that prevents the hawser from falling out
Stop, put down; stop

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to draw a bow to the full; the range of a bow and arrow; old variant of 夠|够[gou4], enough

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arrow end
(1) (kana only) expectation that something took place, will take place or was in some state; it should be so; bound to be; expected to be; must be; (2) nock (of a bow); (3) nock (of an arrow); (4) (sumo) nock-shaped grip (between thumb and forefinger); (5) wooden frame on the tip of the mast of a Japanese ship that prevents the hawser from falling out



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shè shā
    she4 sha1
she sha
to shoot dead (with a gun, or bow and arrow)
(noun/participle) shooting to death


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bow and arrow; (surname) Yumiya


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gōng jiàn
    gong1 jian4
kung chien
 kyuusen / kyusen
bow and arrow
bows and arrows; war


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gòu zhōng
    gou4 zhong1
kou chung
within the range of a bow and arrow; (fig.) under sb's control


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(obscure) target shooting (with bow and arrow)



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diào dù
    diao4 du4
tiao tu
 choudo / chodo
to dispatch (vehicles, staff etc); to schedule; to manage; dispatcher; scheduler
(1) household items; furniture; furnishings; fixtures; supplies; (2) (archaism) bow and arrow
To arrange, calculate, manage, especially relating to provision for material needs; to arrange


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(archaism) bow (and arrow; esp. of a noble)


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gōng jiàn bù
    gong1 jian4 bu4
kung chien pu
bow-and-arrow step (dance step)


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(ceremonial) bow used to drive off evil; toy bow and arrow


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yī fú tiān
    yi1 fu2 tian1
i fu t`ien
    i fu tien
 ebuku ten
The Vajradeva in the Vajradhātu group who guards the placenta and the unborn child; his colour is black and he holds a bow and arrow; clothed deva



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kāi gōng bù fàng jiàn
    kai1 gong1 bu4 fang4 jian4
k`ai kung pu fang chien
    kai kung pu fang chien
lit. to draw the bow without shooting the arrow (idiom); fig. to bluff; to be all talk and no action; false bravado


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(auxiliary) (1) (kana only) should (be); bound (to be); expected (to be); must (be); (2) nock (of a bow); (3) nock (of an arrow); (4) {sumo} (See はず押し・はずおし) nock-shaped grip (between thumb and forefinger); (5) wooden frame on the tip of the mast of a Japanese ship that prevents the hawser from falling out


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 yumiya(p); kyuushi(弓矢) / yumiya(p); kyushi(弓矢)
    ゆみや(P); きゅうし(弓矢)
(1) bow and arrow; (2) (ゆみや only) weapon; arms

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