3 strokes
commonplace, ordinary, mediocre
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1730 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 凡 【ボン】 ordinary, common, mediocre
  • 凡人 【ボンジン】 ordinary person, average person, mediocre person
  • 超凡 【チョウボン】 extraordinary
  • 不凡 【フボン】 uncommon, outstanding
  • 凡百 【ボンピャク】 various, many, all kinds of
  • 凡例 【ハンレイ】 explanatory notes (at the start of a book), introductory remarks, usage guide (e.g. of a dictionary), legend (on maps, drawings, etc.)

Kun reading compounds

  • 凡そ 【およそ】 about, roughly, approximately, generally, on the whole, as a rule, completely, quite, entirely, altogether, totally, not at all (with neg. verb), outline, gist
  • 全て 【すべて】 everything, all, the whole, entirely, completely, wholly, all
  • すべての道はローマに通ず 【すべてのみちはローマにつうず】 all roads lead to Rome


Japanese names:
なみ、 ひろ、 みな
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • mediocre
  • insignificante


  • medíocre


  • médiocre
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