7 strokes
power, force
labor, thank for, reward for, toil, trouble
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
398 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 労 【ロウ】 labor, labour, toil, trouble, pains, work, effort, striving
  • 労組 【ロウソ】 labor union, labour union, trade union
  • 国労 【コクロウ】 National Railway Workers Union
  • 功労 【コウロウ】 meritorious deed, services

Kun reading compounds

  • 労する 【ろうする】 to work, to labor, to labour, to put to work, to make (someone) work
  • 労る 【いたわる】 to pity, to sympathize with, to sympathise with, to treat with sympathy, to console, to be kind to, to tend to (e.g. an injury), to care for, to nurse, to soothe, to appreciate, to recognize (someone's efforts), to reward for
  • 労き 【いたずき】 pain, trouble, illness
  • 労い 【ねぎらい】 expression of appreciation (for someone's efforts), thanks
  • 労う 【ねぎらう】 to show appreciation for (efforts, esp. by someone of equal or lower status), to thank for, to reward for
  • 労う 【ねぎらう】 to show appreciation for (efforts, esp. by someone of equal or lower status), to thank for, to reward for


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • trabajo duro
  • cansancio
  • compensación


  • trabalho
  • agradecer
  • recompensar
  • dificuldade


  • labeur
  • remerciement pour
  • récompense pour
  • être plein d'attentions
  • soucis
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