Jisho

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17 strokes
Radical:
man, human 人 (亻)
Parts:
tenderness, excel, surpass, actor, superiority, gentleness
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N3
334 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 優 【ユウ】 gentle, elegant, classy, superior, skilled, excellent (in marking, grading, etc.), actor
  • 優位 【ユウイ】 predominance, superiority, ascendancy, advantage, supremacy
  • 声優 【セイユウ】 voice actor or actress (radio, animation, etc.)
  • 舞台俳優 【ブタイハイユウ】 stage actor, stage actress
  • 優曇華 【ウドンゲ】 udumbara (mythical Indian plant often identified with the cluster fig, Ficus glomerata), something very rare (from the legend that it flowers once in 3000 years), Japanese fiber banana flower, green lacewing eggs
  • 優婆夷 【ウバイ】 upasika (devout female lay follower of Buddhism)
  • 声優 【セイユウ】 voice actor or actress (radio, animation, etc.)
  • 舞台俳優 【ブタイハイユウ】 stage actor, stage actress

Kun reading compounds

  • 優しい 【やさしい】 tender, kind, gentle, graceful, affectionate, amiable
  • 優しい声 【やさしいこえ】 soft voice
  • 優れる 【すぐれる】 to surpass, to outstrip, to excel
  • 勝る 【まさる】 to excel, to surpass, to exceed, to have an edge, to be superior, to outrival, to outweigh, to preponderate
  • 優るとも劣らない 【まさるともおとらない】 not at all inferior to, rival or surpass, compare favorably (with)

Readings

Japanese names:
ゆ、 よし
Chinese:
you1
Korean:
u

Spanish

  • excelente
  • sobresaliente
  • especial
  • papel
  • función
  • elegante
  • tierno
  • amable
  • cariñoso
  • sobrepasar
  • dejar atrás
  • sobresalir

Portuguese

  • ternura
  • superar
  • superação
  • ator
  • superioridade
  • gentileza

French

  • tendresse
  • gentillesse
  • exceller
  • surpasser
  • supériorité
  • acteur
995 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
984 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
453 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
564 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1148 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
336 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2599 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1033 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1074 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1168 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
140 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
200 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
130 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
156 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1002 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
1261 Morohashi
177 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
334 New Nelson (John Haig)
993 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1068 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1000 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2167 2001 Kanji
2a15.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-15 SKIP code
2124.7 Four corner code
45-5 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
512a Unicode hex code

9 strokes
Radical:
tree
Parts:
tender, weakness, gentleness, softness
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1187 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 柔 【ジュウ】 softness, gentleness, weakness
  • 柔道 【ジュウドウ】 judo
  • 内剛外柔 【ナイゴウガイジュウ】 gentle on the outside but tough on the inside, an iron hand in a velvet glove
  • 外剛内柔 【ガイゴウナイジュウ】 being tough on the outside but soft at heart, a faint-hearted person pretending to be brave
  • 柔和 【ニュウワ】 gentle, mild, meek, tender
  • 柔弱 【ニュウジャク】 weakness, effeminacy, enervation

Kun reading compounds

  • 柔らか 【やわらか】 soft, tender, limp, subdued (colour or light) (color), gentle, meek
  • 柔らかい 【やわらかい】 soft, tender, pliant, supple, limber, limp, gentle, mild, mellow, informal, light, flexible (e.g. thinking)
  • 柔らかい 【やわらかい】 soft, tender, pliant, supple, limber, limp, gentle, mild, mellow, informal, light, flexible (e.g. thinking)
  • 柔らかい文章 【やわらかいぶんしょう】 informal style
  • 柔 【やわ】 soft, fragile, weak, poorly built, insubstantial
  • 柔ら 【やわら】 judo, jujutsu
  • 柔ら 【やわら】 judo, jujutsu
  • 柔らか 【やわらか】 soft, tender, limp, subdued (colour or light) (color), gentle, meek

Readings

Japanese names:
とお
Chinese:
rou2
Korean:
yu

Spanish

  • suave
  • tierno
  • blando

Portuguese

  • macio
  • ponto fraco
  • gentileza
  • suavidade

French

  • tendre
  • faiblesse
  • douceur
1363 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1291 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3166 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1086 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
628 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
907 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
774 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
788 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1310 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1057 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2591 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1325 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1797 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1234 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
14622 Morohashi
2088 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2633 New Nelson (John Haig)
1226 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1312 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1269 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3564 2001 Kanji
4a5.34 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-7 SKIP code
2-5-4 SKIP code
1790.4 Four corner code
29-32 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
67d4 Unicode hex code