5 strokes
woman, female
guy, slave, manservant, fellow
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1932 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 奴隷 【ドレイ】 slave, servant, slavery
  • 奴隷制 【ドレイセイ】 (system of) slavery
  • 売国奴 【バイコクド】 traitor (to one's country), quisling
  • 農奴 【ノウド】 serf

Kun reading compounds

  • 奴 【やつ】 fellow, guy, chap, thing, object, he, she, him, her
  • 臣 【やつこ】 slave, retainer, servant, captive, varlet, I, me
  • 懲りない奴 【こりないやつ】 person (generally male) who won't learn their lesson, persistent jerk
  • 何奴 【どいつ】 who
  • 奴 【やっこ】 servant (esp. a samurai's attendant), chivalrous man (Edo period), cubed tofu (often served cold), kite shaped like an Edo-period footman, Edo-period hairstyle worn by samurai's attendants, enslavement (of a woman; Edo-period punishment for her own or her husband's crime), he, she, him, her
  • 奴頭 【やっこあたま】 Edo-period hairstyle worn by samurai's attendants
  • 輪抜奴 【わぬけやっこ】 bluering angelfish (Pomacanthus annularis)
  • 三下奴 【さんしたやっこ】 petty underling, small fry


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • esclavo
  • criado
  • siervo
  • individuo
  • desprecio
  • insulto


  • serva
  • escrava
  • dama de companhia


  • mec
  • type
  • esclave
  • valet
  • suffixe insultant
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1186 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1869 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
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1933 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
2118 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1871 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
431 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
217 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
136 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
164 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
709 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
6039 Morohashi
187 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1174 New Nelson (John Haig)
702 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
758 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1045 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1767 2001 Kanji
3e2.2 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-2 SKIP code
4744.0 Four corner code
1-37-59 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5974 Unicode hex code