[kuhng foo, koo ng] /ˈkʌŋ ˈfu, ˈkʊŋ/

an ancient Chinese method of self-defense by striking blows at vulnerable areas of an attacker’s body using fluid movements of the hands and legs.
/ˈkʌŋ ˈfuː/
any of various Chinese martial arts, some focusing on unarmed combat, others involving the use of weapons

1966, from dialectal Chinese kung fu, said to meant literally “merit master,” but Barnhart has it as “boxing method.”


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