6 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
prostrated, bend down, bow, cover, lay (pipes)
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1604 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 伏兵 【フクヘイ】 ambush, troops in ambush, unexpected opposition, unexpected obstacle
  • 伏線 【フクセン】 foreshadowing, preparation, precautionary measures
  • 起伏 【キフク】 undulation, ups and downs, highs and lows
  • 承服 【ショウフク】 accepting, consenting, agreeing, submission, compliance, agreement, consent

Kun reading compounds

  • 伏せる 【ふせる】 to turn over (face down), to lay face down, to lay upside down, to point downwards (eyes, head, etc.), to cast down (eyes), to lie (one's body) face down, to lie flat (on the ground), to conceal, to hide, to keep secret, to place in hiding (e.g. troops for an ambush), to lie down, to retire, to go to bed (with an illness)
  • 伏す 【ふす】 to bend down, to bow down, to prostrate oneself, to hide oneself


Japanese names:
ふし、 ふせ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
bog, bu


  • al revés
  • cubierto
  • oculto
  • obedecer
  • dar la vuelta
  • poner al revés
  • cubrir
  • ocultar
  • agacharse
  • doblarse


  • prostrado
  • curva abaixo
  • proa
  • capa


  • prostré
  • se courber
  • s'incliner
  • tendre (embuscade)
  • couvrir
  • poser (tuyaux)
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1412 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
377 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1331 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1039 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
234 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1356 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1439 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1421 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
71 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
49 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
29 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
30 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
971 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
438 Morohashi
45 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
139 New Nelson (John Haig)
962 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1035 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1059 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2163 2001 Kanji
2a4.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-4 SKIP code
2323.4 Four corner code
1-41-90 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
4f0f Unicode hex code