6 strokes
dangerous, fear, uneasy
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N3
606 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 危 【キ】 danger, Chinese "rooftop" constellation (one of the 28 mansions)
  • 危害 【キガイ】 injury, harm, danger
  • 安危 【アンキ】 fate, safety, welfare

Kun reading compounds

  • 危ない 【あぶない】 dangerous, risky, hazardous, perilous, precarious, in danger, in jeopardy, critical, grave, at risk, uncertain, unreliable, insecure, unsteady, doubtful, close (call), narrow (escape), look out!, watch out!, be careful!
  • 危ない橋を渡る 【あぶないはしをわたる】 to tread on thin ice, to go out on a limb, to walk a tightrope, to take risks, to cross a dangerous bridge
  • 危うい 【あやうい】 dangerous, in danger, facing imminent danger, precarious (situation), perilous (state, balance, etc.), in doubt, in jeopardy, uncertain, insecure, concerning, worrying
  • 危ぶむ 【あやぶむ】 to fear, to doubt, to have misgivings about, to worry about, to be anxious about, to be apprehensive about


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
wei1, wei2


  • peligroso
  • dudoso


  • perigoso
  • medo
  • desconforto


  • dangereux
  • crainte
  • gêne
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