The dictionary entry for 亏 is:

亏 kuī(or yú) lose, fail, damage, deficient

When will 亏 be pronounced as yú?

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    I never used 亏 as yú in my entire life, even didn't know it pronounces yú as well.
    – Zhang
    Apr 26, 2021 at 2:18

2 Answers 2

  1. All of your definitions (e.g., 吃虧, 虧損, 虧蝕) appertain to the pronunciation kuī – for this reason, memorising kuī suffices. The pronunciation is far less important.

  2. As for the pronunciation , it is likely to be a glyphic variant of (a character you have asked before) (see below, from Baidu). From the viewpoint of glyph evolution, the character pronounced kuī was first written as in traditional script no later than Han dynasty, only simplified into in the 20th century. The rationale of simplification being, is a relatively obscure yet graphically related character. Now it has become the dominant meaning associated to .




Grand Ricci says:

V. n. 11938 于 yú.

It looks like it is a rare variant of 于/於. It doesn't seem to be anything that you'd really come across these days in the wild though.

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