I am looking for two modern Chinese words to compliment a beautiful girl. Here are what I have found: 美女,宝贝,女神。are there any thing else?

The other words that I can think of, but doesn't really works are: 如花, 佳麗, 天仙, 淑女, 仙子. because you would not say this when you see a beauty: hey, 如花,吃饭没有?

And also, why are there so many 4-words Chinese phrases to describe a beauty? To name a few: 閉月羞花 沉魚落雁 傾國傾城 國色天香 天生麗質 清麗脫俗 花容月貌 明眸皓齒 美艷絕世........................................

Are Chinese scholars really into hot and cute chicks?

  • 宝贝:bkrs:(5) [darling]∶对亲爱者的昵称。 心爱的人, 多用于小孩儿
    – user6065
    Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 20:24
  • to compliment a beautiful girl You meant to her face? Chinese don't usually do that.
    – Tang Ho
    Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 20:25
  • why are there so many 4-words Chinese phrases to describe a beauty Chinese use four characters phrases a lot in general, it feels more idiomatic, and some are actual idioms.
    – Tang Ho
    Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 20:30
  • Modern words? Try 萌妹纸 or even 傻逼娃娃. That's what kids use these days…
    – user4452
    Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 20:37
  • re: comment #2: in TV dramas such "compliments" are not uncommon,especially when old friends meet again and when expressed by females toward other females,在好多电视剧中尤其老朋友再次见面的时候,这样称赞(恭维 )并非罕见,再说两位女性之间从来没有问题。
    – user6065
    Commented Jul 30, 2016 at 16:34

3 Answers 3


美女 is the safest choice.

宝贝 is used to call someone (boy or girl) who's in a romantic relationship with you, or you call a baby girl (usually aged < 10) 宝贝.

女神 nowadays has some negative meanings and is not recommended.

Other similar choices are 小美女,靓妹.

An example in wechat: real world example


Better to avoid 如花, because most Chinese may think of this 如花 from Stephen Chow's movies.

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大美人 (great beauty)

Example sentences:

  • 她是一個不折不扣的大美人 ( She is an authentic great beauty)
  • 大美人鄺美雲的花名是鄺美人 (Great beauty Cally Kwong's nickname is Beauty Kwong)
  • 妳這種大美人當然不怕沒男人追求 (Great beauty like you, of course you don't have to worry about no one courting you)

It is kind of a honoring term.

  • I am asking for 2 words, not 3.
    – Atmega 328
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 6:47
  • 1
    you should had written: "two characters word" then, 大美人 is made up of two words, 大(great) 美人(beauty)
    – Tang Ho
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 6:57

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