Chinese words with 不 character meaning (HSK)

不客气

BU2, KE4, QI5
you're welcome, it's my pleasure (answer to someone who thanks)

BU4
not (negative prefix), no

对不起

DUI4, BU5, QI3
I'm sorry, excuse me, pardon me, if you please, sorry? (please repeat), unworthy, to let down

不但而且

BU4, DAN4, ER2, QIE3
not only... but also...

不过

BU2, GUO4
only, merely, no more than, but, however, anyway (to get back to a previous topic)

不得不

BU4, DE2, BU4
have no choice or option but to, cannot but, have to, can't help it, can't avoid

不管

BU4, GUAN3
no matter (what, how), regardless of, no matter

不仅

BU4, JIN3
not only (this one), not just (...) but also

差不多

CHA4, BU5, DUO1
almost, nearly, more or less

来不及

LAI2, BU5, JI2
there's not enough time (to do sth), it's too late (to do sth)

受不了

SHOU4, BU4, LIAO3
unbearable, unable to endure, can't stand

不断

BU2, DUAN4
unceasing, uninterrupted, continuous, constant

不见得

BU2, JIAN4, DE5
not necessarily, not likely

不耐烦

BU2, NAI4, FAN2
impatience, impatient

不要紧

BU2, YAO4, JIN3
unimportant, not serious, it doesn't matter, never mind, it looks all right, but

不安

BU4, AN1
unpeaceful, unstable, uneasy, disturbed, restless, worried

不得了

BU4, DE2, LIAO3
disastrous, desperately serious, extremely, exceedingly

不然

BU4, RAN2
not so, no, or else, otherwise, if not

不如

BU4, RU2
not equal to, not as good as, inferior to, it would be better to

不足

BU4, ZU2
insufficient, lacking, deficiency, not enough, inadequate, not worth, cannot, should not

怪不得

GUAI4, BU5, DE5
lit. you can't blame it!, no wonder!, so that's why!

看不起

KAN4, BU5, QI3
to look down upon, to despise

了不起

LIAO3, BU5, QI3
amazing, terrific, extraordinary

忍不住

REN3, BU5, ZHU4
cannot help, unable to bear

舍不得

SHE3, BU5, DE5
to hate to do sth, to hate to part with, to begrudge

说不定

SHUO1, BU5, DING4
can't say for sure, maybe

要不

YAO4, BU4
otherwise, or, or else, how about...? (one choice or the other), either this, or else...

爱不释手

AI4, BU4, SHI4, SHOU3
to love sth too much to part with it (idiom), to fondle admiringly

巴不得

BA1, BU4, DE2
to be eager for, to long for, to look forward to

不顾

BU2, GU4
in spite of, regardless of

不愧

BU2, KUI4
be worthy of, deserve to be called, prove oneself to be

不料

BU2, LIAO4
unexpectedly, to one's surprise

不像话

BU2, XIANG4, HUA4
unreasonable, shocking, outrageous

不屑一顾

BU2, XIE4, YI1, GU4
to disdain as beneath contempt

不得已

BU4, DE2, YI3
act against one's will, have no alternative but to, have to, to have no choice, must

不妨

BU4, FANG2
there is no harm in, might as well

不敢当

BU4, GAN3, DANG1
lit. I dare not (accept the honor), fig. I don't deserve your praise, you flatter me

不禁

BU4, JIN1
can't help (doing sth), can't refrain from

不堪

BU4, KAN1
cannot bear, cannot stand, utterly, extremely

不可思议

BU4, KE3, SI1, YI4
inconceivable (idiom), unimaginable, unfathomable

不免

BU4, MIAN3
unavoidable

不时

BU4, SHI2
frequently, often

不惜

BU4, XI1
not stint, not spare, not hesitate (to do sth), not scruple (to do sth)

不相上下

BU4, XIANG1, SHANG4, XIA4
equally matched, about the same

不言而喻

BU4, YAN2, ER2, YU4
it goes without saying, it is self-evident

不由得

BU4, YOU2, DE5
can't help, cannot but

不择手段

BU4, ZE2, SHOU3, DUAN4
by fair means or foul, by hook or by crook, unscrupulously

不止

BU4, ZHI3
incessantly, without end, more than, not limited to

层出不穷

CENG2, CHU1, BU4, QIONG2
more and more emerge, innumerable succession, breeding like flies (idiom)

川流不息

CHUAN1, LIU2, BU4, XI1
the stream flows without stopping (idiom), unending flow

大不了

DA4, BU4, LIAO3
at worst, if worst comes to worst, serious, alarming

得不偿失

DE2, BU4, CHANG2, SHI1
(saying) the gains do not make up for the losses

供不应求

GONG1, BU4, YING4, QIU2
supply does not meet demand

恨不得

HEN4, BU5, DE2
wishing one could do sth, to hate to be unable, itching to do sth, can't wait for, to wish one could do sth, to desire strongly

刻不容缓

KE4, BU4, RONG2, HUAN3
to brook no delay, to demand immediate action

络绎不绝

LUO4, YI4, BU4, JUE2
continuously, in an endless stream (idiom)

迫不及待

PO4, BU4, JI2, DAI4
impatient (idiom), in a hurry, itching to get on with it

锲而不舍

QIE4, ER2, BU4, SHE3
to chip away at a task and not abandon it (idiom), to chisel away at sth, to persevere, unflagging efforts

滔滔不绝

TAO1, TAO1, BU4, JUE2
unceasing torrent (idiom), talking non-stop, gabbling forty to the dozen

微不足道

WEI1, BU4, ZU2, DAO4
negligible, insignificant

无微不至

WU2, WEI1, BU4, ZHI4
in every possible way (idiom), meticulous

一丝不苟

YI4, SI1, BU4, GOU3
not one thread loose (idiom), strictly according to the rules, meticulous, not one hair out of place

有条不紊

YOU3, TIAO2, BU4, WEN3
regular and thorough (idiom), methodically arranged