10 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
wandering, waves, billows, reckless, unrestrained
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1508 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 浪 【ロウ】 person who has spent X years after graduating high school attempting to get admitted to (a specific) university
  • 浪人 【ロウニン】 ronin, masterless samurai, high school graduate waiting for another chance to enter university after having failed the yearly entrance examination, person out of work, jobless person, wanderer, drifter
  • 放浪 【ホウロウ】 wandering, roaming, drifting
  • 1浪 【イチロウ】 failing college entrance exams and retaking them a year later


Japanese names:
なに、 なみ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • ola
  • onda
  • ondulación
  • fluctuación
  • divagación
  • vagar
  • inutilidad


  • vagabundando
  • ondas
  • vagas


  • ondes
  • vagues
  • flots
1937 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1445 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2570 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1197 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1475 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1339 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1753 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1877 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1398 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1202 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
527 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
323 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
398 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1482 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
17482 Morohashi
439 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3155 New Nelson (John Haig)
1470 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1580 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1362 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
365 2001 Kanji
3a7.5 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-7 SKIP code
3313.2 Four corner code
1-47-18 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6d6a Unicode hex code