11 strokes
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
112 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 強 【キョウ】 a little over, a little more than, strength, the strong, powerhouse, one of the biggest, one of the most powerful, -upper (seismic intensity)
  • 強化 【キョウカ】 strengthening, intensifying, reinforcement, enhancement, solidification, reinforcement
  • 列強 【レッキョウ】 major powers of the world, great powers
  • 屈強 【クッキョウ】 robust, brawny, muscular, strong, sturdy
  • 強盗 【ゴウトウ】 robber, mugger, robbery, burglary
  • 強引 【ゴウイン】 overbearing, coercive, pushy, forcible, high-handed

Kun reading compounds

  • 強い 【つよい】 strong, potent, competent, domineering, tough, strong, brawny, powerful, healthy, rugged, good (at), skilled, knowledgeable, being able to handle, know how to deal (with), durable (against), resistant (to), resilient, firm, rigid, solid, intense, strong, fierce, high, dependable, trustworthy
  • 強い雨 【つよいあめ】 heavy rain (specifically 20-29 mm per hour in JMA use)
  • 強まる 【つよまる】 to get strong, to gain strength
  • 強める 【つよめる】 to strengthen, to emphasize, to emphasise
  • 強いる 【しいる】 to force, to compel, to coerce, to press, to impose
  • 強い 【こわい】 tough, stiff, hard, inflexible, obstinate, stubborn, tired, worn out
  • 強飯 【こわめし】 glutinous rice with red beans (eaten on celebratory occasions), mochi rice with red beans


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
qiang2, jiang4, qiang3


  • fuerte
  • coacción
  • poderoso
  • obligar
  • forzar
  • coaccionar


  • Forte
  • poderoso
  • forçar


  • fort
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170 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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217 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
217 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
111 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
611 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
574 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
349 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
432 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1243 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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475 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1695 New Nelson (John Haig)
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1321 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
133 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
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3571 2001 Kanji
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1-3-8 SKIP code
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