5 strokes
evening, sunset
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N5
81 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 外 【ガイ】 outside ..., beyond ..., not included in ...
  • 外圧 【ガイアツ】 external pressure, outside pressure, foreign pressure
  • 渉外 【ショウガイ】 public relations, client liaison, client relations
  • 在外 【ザイガイ】 overseas, abroad
  • 外科 【ゲカ】 surgery (branch of medicine), department of surgery
  • 外科医 【ゲカイ】 surgeon

Kun reading compounds

  • 外 【そと】 outside, exterior, the open (air), other place, somewhere else, outside one's group (family, company, etc.)
  • 外壁 【がいへき】 outer wall
  • 大外 【おおそと】 far out wide, far outside
  • 家の外 【いえのそと】 outside the house
  • 他 【ほか】 another place, some other place, somewhere else, outside, another (person or thing), other, different, something else, someone else, the rest, et al., beyond (one's expectations, imagination, etc.), outside, except, but, other than, apart from, besides, in addition to, as well as, on top of
  • 他に 【ほかに】 else, in addition, besides
  • この外 【このほか】 besides, moreover, in addition
  • 思いのほか 【おもいのほか】 unexpectedly, surprisingly
  • 外す 【はずす】 to remove, to take off, to detach, to unfasten, to undo, to drop (e.g. from a team), to remove (from a position), to exclude, to expel, to leave (e.g. one's seat), to go away from, to step out, to slip away, to dodge (a question, blow, etc.), to evade, to sidestep, to avoid (e.g. peak season), to miss (a target, chance, punch, etc.)
  • 外れる 【はずれる】 to be disconnected, to get out of place, to be off, to be out (e.g. of gear), to miss the mark, to get it wrong (e.g. guess, expectation), to draw a blank (e.g. lottery), to be removed, to be excluded, to be contrary to, to go against


Japanese names:
うい、 け、 ふか
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • fuera
  • exterior
  • otro
  • desatar
  • estar desatado
  • estar desconectado


  • Exterior


  • extérieur
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