8 strokes
big, very
run, bustle
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1884 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 奔放 【ホンポウ】 wild, uninhibited, extravagant, rampant
  • 奔走 【ホンソウ】 running about, making every effort (to do), busying oneself (with), being busily engaged (in), good offices, efforts
  • 狂奔 【キョウホン】 rushing around, running wild

Kun reading compounds

  • 走る 【はしる】 to run, to run (of a vehicle), to drive, to travel, to move, to sail, to rush (to), to dash, to race, to retreat, to flee, to defect (to), to run away, to abscond, to elope, to flash (of lightning), to streak, to shoot (through; e.g. of pain), to run (through), to flare, to flit (e.g. across one's face), to spread quickly (of news, shock, etc.), to go (e.g. bad, to extremes), to become, to turn, to take to (e.g. crime), to get carried away by (e.g. one's emotions), to get involved in, to get wrapped up in, to run (through; of a road, street, etc.), to extend (e.g. of a mountain range), to stretch, to lie


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ben1, ben4


  • apresurarse
  • correr


  • tumulto
  • correria


  • courir
  • agitation
  • précipitation
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1866 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
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1659 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1773 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1819 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
416 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2758 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1410 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1904 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1204 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
5921X Morohashi
2218 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1148 New Nelson (John Haig)
1196 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1280 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1162 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1455 2001 Kanji
2k6.5 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-5 SKIP code
4-8-4 SKIP code
4044.4 Four corner code
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