7 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
lower, short, humble
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
435 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 低 【テイ】 low (level, value, price, etc.)
  • 低下 【テイカ】 fall, decline, lowering, deterioration, degradation
  • 高低 【コウテイ】 high and low, rise and fall
  • 西高東低 【セイコウトウテイ】 high barometric pressure to the west, low pressure to the east

Kun reading compounds

  • 低い 【ひくい】 low (rank, degree, value, content, quality, etc.), low (position), close to the ground, short (height), deep (voice), in a low key, low (volume)
  • 低い優先順位 【ひくいゆうせんじゅんい】 low priority (e.g. cell)
  • 低める 【ひくめる】 to lower, to be lowered
  • 低まる 【ひくまる】 to lower, to be lowered


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • bajo
  • barato
  • humilde
  • pequeño
  • bajar
  • ser bajado


  • abaixe
  • humilde
  • curto


  • bas
  • petit (taille)
  • humble
677 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
575 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
548 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
518 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
406 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
690 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
113 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
561 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
570 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
108 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
82 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
82 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
54 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
57 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1848 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
504 Morohashi
73 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
166 New Nelson (John Haig)
1831 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1973 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
487 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2156 2001 Kanji
2a5.15 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-5 SKIP code
2224.0 Four corner code
1-36-67 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
4f4e Unicode hex code