13 strokes
lie down, sleep, rest, bed, remain unsold
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
1034 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 寝 【ネ】 sleep
  • 寝具 【シング】 bedding, bedclothes

Kun reading compounds

  • 寝る 【ねる】 to sleep (lying down), to go to bed, to lie in bed, to lie down, to sleep (with someone, i.e. have intercourse), to lie flat (e.g. of hair), to lie idle (of funds, stock, etc.), to ferment (of soy sauce, miso, etc.)
  • 寝る子は育つ 【ねるこはそだつ】 sleep brings up a child well, a well-slept child is a well-kept child
  • 寝かす 【ねかす】 to put to bed, to let sleep, to lay (something) down, to put on its side, to let (money, goods, etc.) lie idle, to set aside unused, to let (stock) lie unsold, to (let) ferment, to (let) age, to let (dough) rise, to lay down (wine)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • acostarse
  • dormir


  • sono
  • descanso
  • cama
  • invendável (encalhado)


  • être couché
  • dormir
  • se reposer
  • lit
  • invendu
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