5 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
pay, clear out, prune, banish, dispose of
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
813 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 払暁 【フツギョウ】 dawn, daybreak

Kun reading compounds

  • 払う 【はらう】 to pay (e.g. money, bill), to brush off, to wipe away, to clear away, to dust off, to cut off (e.g. branches), to drive away (e.g. one's competitors), to sell off (something unneeded), to dispose of, to pay (e.g. attention), to show (e.g. respect, concern), to make (e.g. effort, sacrifice), to expend, to exert, to move out (of one's own place), to vacate, to sweep (e.g. one's legs), to knock aside, to make a sweeping stroke (in Japanese calligraphy), to reset (an abacus)


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
fu2, bi4
bul, pil


  • pagar
  • saldar
  • liquidar
  • tributar


  • pagamento
  • limpar
  • podar
  • bamir
  • livra-se de


  • payer
  • nettoyer
  • tailler
  • bannir
  • se débarrasser de
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