5 strokes
short, tiny
infancy, childhood
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N2
1227 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 幼 【ヨウ】 infancy, childhood, infant, child
  • 幼少 【ヨウショウ】 infancy, childhood, tender age
  • 長幼 【チョウヨウ】 young and old
  • 老幼 【ロウヨウ】 old and young

Kun reading compounds

  • 幼い 【おさない】 very young, little, childish, immature
  • 幼い頃 【おさないころ】 when one was a very young child, very early in one's life


Japanese names:
うぶ、 わか
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • infancia
  • niñez
  • infantil
  • aniñado
  • inocente


  • infância


  • enfance
  • tendre enfance
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1229 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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1599 New Nelson (John Haig)
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