stumbled across this word

and have no clue what it is. Context is 辛丒

Can anyone tell me how to spell it, and most importantly what does it mean? Thanks!

2 Answers 2


The character you posted is /chǒu/


丒 is a variant of 醜 (Traditional ) / 丑 (simplified)


2021 is a 辛丑年, the last 辛丑年 was 1961, the next one will 2081

  • I don't know why all Chinese dictionaries indicate 丒 is the simplified 醜, as each has very different meanings and uses except the overlapping in ugly. chardb.iis.sinica.edu.tw/meancompare/4E11/919C
    – r13
    Dec 24, 2021 at 19:17
  • That's why I use 辛丑 instead of 辛丒. 辛醜/丒 is wrong. 丑 is used as a traditional character when it means the second Earthly Branch (we write 丑時 not 醜時)
    – Tang Ho
    Dec 24, 2021 at 19:19
  • Now you know my concerns. The original Chinese word (繁體字) usually has the same meanings and uses as its simplified version (簡字). This is not the case though,
    – r13
    Dec 24, 2021 at 19:36
  • The problem seems to be 丑 is now used as standard simplified 醜 and 丑 (繁體字), while 丒 was a simplified version of 醜 in the old days. And the dictionary is wrong to state 醜/ 丒 has the same meaning of the 繁體字 '丑'
    – Tang Ho
    Dec 24, 2021 at 20:01
  • Seems logically correct. Thanks.
    – r13
    Dec 24, 2021 at 20:48

丑 has these meanings:

  • ugly - 他長的好丑(醜).

  • disgraceful - 丑(醜)化, 丑(醜)事, 丑(醜)聞.

In the above usages, 丑 and 醜 are interchangeable.

  • clown - 小丑

  • 2nd Earthly Branch - 丑时1~3点. (see note)

Note: Earthly Branch (地支) is an old Chinese ordering system. There are twelve Earthly Branches used to count time of years, months, and hours - 十二时辰:子时23~1点,丑时1~3点,寅时3~5点,卯时5~7点,辰时7~9点,巳时9~11点,午时11~13点,未时13~15点,申时15~17点,酉时17~19点,戌时19~21点,亥时21~23点。

ADD: In addition to time, the combination of Earthly Branches was used to indicate the numerical order of a year in the old Chinese calendar system (干支), which considered 60 years as a complete cycle. The last famously known Chinese year of 辛丑 is 1901 (Western Calendar). Then, by addition of 60, the following years of 辛丑 are 1961, 2021, 2081...

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