Is it meaningful to say "谢" only? Google Translate implies that it may also mean "wither". I want to use it to say "thanks" instead of both characters.

I am looking for single characters that I can use for some mandarin emojis, one of which is to mean "thankyou".

  • Emoji is different from normal language. The whole design should be considered, I think.
    – fefe
    Nov 21, 2017 at 1:45
  • Surprisingly, we often use thx or 3x on the internet. (Chinese 3 sounds like th). And single char may also means 谢绝 or 谢罪, which has totally different meaning. Nov 21, 2017 at 13:26

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You can say 谢了 to mean thanks.

  • Thanks. Are there any single characters that I can use to say "thanks"?
    – Trindaz
    Nov 20, 2017 at 16:40
  • 谢 is okay but not super clear
    – Mou某
    Nov 20, 2017 at 16:41
  • @Trindaz, in ancient Chinese, 谢 means 谢谢 or 感谢, as in 谢主隆恩! So, it's ok for you to use 谢 as a mandarin emoji.
    – dan
    Nov 21, 2017 at 1:15

If you're talking or typing, a single 谢 is impolite. It feels like you're so unwilling to thank that you don't even want to say/type one more character.

If you're using it in a symbol/icon/emoji picture, then it's OK, and won't cause any confusion, nobody would take it as "wither".


it is not polite to use 谢 to someone.so if you really want to express your thankness,use 谢谢 or 谢谢你.谢了 is also not very polite but much better than 谢.in our culture,abbreviated words are usually used in the case when superior talk to subordinate or senior talk to junior,like father talk to son.if you want to show your respect to someone use more characters instead single,like if you want to say ok,use 好的 instead of 好. and never use 谢他,it is the transcription of shit in china.who told you use that must be joking you or he dont know chinese.


You can use '谢' as a short form of the verb '感谢' and write 谢他 instead of 感谢他, but using it as a short form of the expression '谢了' or '谢谢' would sound very blunt. Why use a blunt tone when you try to express gratitude?

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