11 strokes
lack, yawn
longing, covetousness, greed, passion, desire, craving
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N3
902 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 欲 【ヨク】 greed, craving, desire, appetite, hunger, avarice, wants
  • 欲望 【ヨクボウ】 desire, appetite, lust
  • 私欲 【シヨク】 self-interest, selfish desire
  • 勤労意欲 【キンロウイヨク】 will to work

Kun reading compounds

  • 欲する 【ほっする】 to want, to desire
  • 欲しい 【ほしい】 wanting (to have), desiring, wishing for, I want (you, them, etc.) to (do)
  • 欲しいだけ 【ほしいだけ】 as much as one wants, as many as one wants, all that one wishes for


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • anhelo
  • ansia
  • deseo
  • querer
  • desear


  • ambicionar
  • cobiça
  • ambição
  • paixão
  • desejo
  • almejar


  • désirer
  • convoitise
  • avidité
  • passion
  • besoin
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4461 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
535 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
650 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1127 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1179 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1124 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1122 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1867 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
990 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1341 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
800 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
16080 Morohashi
1475 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2936 New Nelson (John Haig)
792 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
855 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
936 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2062 2001 Kanji
4j7.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-4 SKIP code
8768.2 Four corner code
1-45-63 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6b32 Unicode hex code