6 strokes
guard, protect, defend, obey
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
457 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 守備 【シュビ】 defense, defence
  • 守勢 【シュセイ】 (being on the) defensive
  • 好守 【コウシュ】 good fielding
  • 攻守 【コウシュ】 offense and defense, offence and defence, batting and fielding
  • 守護 【シュゴ】 protection, safeguard, shugo (Kamakura or Muromachi period military governor)
  • 都寺 【ツウス】 one of the six administrators of a Zen temple
  • 居留守 【イルス】 pretending to be out

Kun reading compounds

  • 守る 【まもる】 to protect, to guard, to defend, to keep (i.e. a promise), to abide (by the rules), to observe, to obey, to follow
  • 守り 【まもり】 protection, defense, defence, providence, amulet, charm, talisman
  • 守り神 【まもりがみ】 guardian deity
  • 島主 【とうしゅ】 island chief
  • 山守 【やまもり】 ranger (forest), mountain guardian
  • 守り 【もり】 babysitting, babysitter, protecting, keeping, keeper
  • 守り立てる 【もりたてる】 to support, to back up, to rally round, to revive (e.g. a company), to boost (e.g. morale), to bring up, to raise
  • 井守 【いもり】 newt (esp. the Japanese fire belly newt, Cynops pyrrhogaster)
  • 足無井守 【あしなしいもり】 caecilian (any burrowing legless amphibian of the order Gymnophiona)
  • 守 【かみ】 director (of the provincial governors under the ritsuryō system)
  • 肥後守 【ひごのかみ】 higonokami, type of folding knife with metal handle
  • 出羽守 【でわのかみ】 director of Dewa province, person who frequently makes comparisons with other countries, industries, etc. when complaining about an issue or situation


Japanese names:
う、 し、 も、 て
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • guardar proteger
  • defender
  • guardar
  • proteger


  • vigia
  • protege
  • defende
  • obedece


  • garder
  • protéger
  • défendre
  • obéir
  • respect (des règles)
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