15 strokes
sideways, side, horizontal, width, woof, unreasonable, perverse
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
480 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 横線 【オウセン】 horizontal line
  • 横行 【オウコウ】 being rampant, being widespread, being prevalent, walking sideways, staggering, striding
  • 縦横 【ジュウオウ】 length and width, length and breadth, lengthwise and crosswise, vertical and horizontal, the four cardinal points, every direction, all directions, as one wishes, as one pleases, at will
  • 専横 【センオウ】 arbitrariness, despotism, high-handedness, tyranny

Kun reading compounds

  • 横 【よこ】 horizontal (as opposed to vertical), lying down, side-to-side (as opposed to front-to-back), width, breadth, side (of a box, etc.), beside, aside, next to, unconnected
  • 邪 【よこしま】 wicked, evil, wrong, bad
  • 真横 【まよこ】 (right at the) side, just beside
  • 縦中横 【たてちゅうよこ】 using horizontal characters in vertical writing


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
heng2, heng4


  • lateral
  • lado
  • horizontal
  • egoísta
  • incorrecto
  • costado


  • De lado
  • lado
  • horizontal
  • largura
  • trama (tecidos)


  • latéral
  • côté
  • horizontal
  • largeur
  • trame (tissu)
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2361 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
470 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
644 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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781 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
795 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
34 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1111 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1350 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
733 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
979 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1767 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
15484P Morohashi
1066 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2854 New Nelson (John Haig)
1751 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1888 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
432 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1861 2001 Kanji
4a11.13 The Kanji Dictionary
1-4-11 SKIP code
4498.6 Four corner code
1-18-03 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6a2a Unicode hex code