4 strokes
small, insignificant
few, little
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
287 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 少 【ショウ】 small, little, few
  • 少輔 【ショウ】 assistant vice-minister (ritsuryō system, early Meiji period)
  • 最少 【サイショウ】 fewest, least, smallest (number), lowest, minimum, youngest
  • 過少 【カショウ】 too few, too little, insufficient

Kun reading compounds

  • 少ない 【すくない】 few, a little, scarce, insufficient, seldom
  • 少し 【すこし】 a little, a bit, a small amount, a few, some, slightly, somewhat, a little while, a short time, a moment, a minute, a little way, a short distance
  • 少しも 【すこしも】 (not) at all, (not) a bit, (not) in the least, (not) in the slightest


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
shao3, shao4


  • poco
  • pequeño
  • un poco
  • apenas


  • poucos
  • pequenos


  • un petit peu
  • un peu
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