8 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
suspicious, mystery, apparition
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1634 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 怪 【カイ】 mystery, wonder
  • 怪獣 【カイジュウ】 monster
  • 奇々怪々 【キキカイカイ】 very strange, bizarre, weird, mysterious
  • 夜道怪 【ヤドウカイ】 folk monster who wanders at night injuring and kidnapping people
  • 怪我 【ケガ】 injury, wound, mistake, accident, loss
  • けが人 【ケガニン】 wounded person, injured person
  • 物怪 【モッケ】 unexpected
  • 物の怪 【モノノケ】 (vengeful) ghost, specter, spectre

Kun reading compounds

  • 怪しい 【あやしい】 suspicious, dubious, questionable, dodgy, shady, fishy, doubtful, unsure, uncertain, unlikely, implausible, untrustworthy, unreliable, clumsy, awkward, shaky, poor, strange, weird, eerie, spooky, uncanny, ominous (e.g. weather), threatening, dangerous (e.g. financial situation), uncertain, suspicious (of a potential amorous relation), mysterious, bewitching, alluring, enticing, enchanting
  • 怪しい手つきで 【あやしいてつきで】 clumsily, with clumsy hands
  • 怪しむ 【あやしむ】 to suspect


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • desconfiado
  • receloso
  • misterio
  • fantasma
  • sospechoso
  • desconfiar
  • recelar
  • dudar
  • sospechar


  • Suspeito
  • mistério
  • aparição


  • méfiant
  • mystère
  • apparition
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1367 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1665 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1176 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1291 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1476 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1573 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1450 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
809 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
354 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
220 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
264 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
723 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
10483 Morohashi
297 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1821 New Nelson (John Haig)
716 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
773 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1172 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1172 2001 Kanji
4k5.11 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-5 SKIP code
9701.4 Four corner code
1-18-88 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
602a Unicode hex code