7 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
endure, bear, put up with, conceal, secrete, spy, sneak
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1700 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 忍 【ニン】 endurance, forbearance, patience, self-restraint
  • 忍耐 【ニンタイ】 endurance, perseverance, patience
  • 無生法忍 【ムショウホウニン】 anutpattika-dharma-ksanti (recognition that nothing really arises or perishes)
  • 中忍 【チュウニン】 ninja commander

Kun reading compounds

  • 忍 【しのぶ】 squirrel's foot fern (Davallia mariesii), Lepisorus thunbergianus (species of fern), color of clothing layers under one's overcoat (light green on blue), shinobu-wake (Edo-period women's hairstyle), clothing patterned using squirrel's foot fern
  • 忍ぶ 【しのぶ】 to conceal oneself, to hide, to endure, to bear, to stand, to put up with
  • 軒忍 【のきしのぶ】 weeping fern (Lepisorus thunbergianus)
  • 立忍 【たちしのぶ】 Japanese claw fern (Onychium japonicum), carrot fern
  • 忍ばせる 【しのばせる】 to conceal, to hide


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • resistencia
  • aguante
  • oculto
  • escondido
  • resistir
  • aguantar
  • soportar
  • ocultarse
  • esconderse
  • ir a hurtadillas


  • suporte
  • carregar
  • tolerar
  • esconder
  • ocultar
  • espionar
  • furtivo


  • supporter
  • endurer
  • dissimuler
  • cacher
  • secret
  • espion
  • se glisser
  • subrepticement
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