12 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
swing, shake, sway, rock, tremble, vibrate
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1079 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 揺曳 【ヨウエイ】 flutter, linger
  • 揺蕩 【ヨウトウ】 shaking, swaying

Kun reading compounds

  • 揺れる 【ゆれる】 to shake, to sway, to rock, to swing, to tremble, to jolt, to pitch, to roll, to flicker, to become unstable, to become unsettled, to be shaken, to waver
  • 揺る 【ゆる】 to shake, to jolt, to rock (cradle), to swing
  • 揺るがす 【ゆるがす】 to shake, to swing, to sway, to shock
  • 揺らぐ 【ゆらぐ】 to swing, to sway, to shake, to tremble, to waver, to feel shaken, to become unstable
  • 揺るぐ 【ゆるぐ】 to shake, to waver, to tremble
  • 揺する 【ゆする】 to shake, to jolt, to rock (cradle), to swing, to blackmail, to extort, to shake down
  • 揺さぶる 【ゆさぶる】 to shake, to jolt, to rock, to swing, to sway, to shake (e.g. the political world), to disturb, to shock, to upset, to put off a batter (by varying one's type of pitch)
  • 揺すぶる 【ゆすぶる】 to shake, to jolt, to rock, to swing


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • cimbreo
  • temblor
  • estremecimiento
  • oscilación
  • balanceo
  • cimbrar
  • temblar
  • estremecerse
  • oscilar
  • mecerse
  • balancearse


  • balançar
  • agitar
  • oscilação
  • sacudir
  • tremer
  • vibrar


  • balancer
  • secouer
  • osciller
  • trembler
  • vibrer
1877 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1604 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1965 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1437 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1373 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1648 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1761 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1789 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
918 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
723 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
434 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
543 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1986 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
12445P Morohashi
594 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2235 New Nelson (John Haig)
1967 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2118 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1543 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1376 2001 Kanji
3c9.8 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-9 SKIP code
5207.2 Four corner code
1-45-41 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
63fa Unicode hex code