4 strokes
big, very
plump, thick, big around
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N3
552 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 大山 【タイザン】 great mountain, large mountain
  • 太鼓 【タイコ】 drum
  • 太太 【タイタイ】 wife
  • 馬太 【マタイ】 Matthew (the Apostle)
  • 大山 【タイザン】 great mountain, large mountain
  • 太鼓 【タイコ】 drum
  • 羽太 【ハタ】 sea basses, groupers
  • 赤羽太 【アカハタ】 blacktip grouper (species of fish, Epinephelus fasciatus)

Kun reading compounds

  • 太い 【ふとい】 fat, thick, deep (of a voice), thick, sonorous, daring, shameless, brazen, audacious
  • 太藺 【ふとい】 softstem bulrush (Scirpus tabernaemontani)
  • 太る 【ふとる】 to put on weight, to gain weight, to grow fat, to get stout


Japanese names:
おお、 たか、 ひろ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • grande
  • gordo
  • grueso
  • engordar


  • gordo
  • grande
  • espesso


  • gras
  • dodu
  • gros
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