14 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
drift, float (on liquid)
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1492 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 漂流 【ヒョウリュウ】 drifting, drift, being adrift
  • 漂白 【ヒョウハク】 blanching, bleaching
  • 漂々 【ヒョウヒョウ】 buoyantly, airily, with a light heart
  • 浮漂 【フヒョウ】 floating

Kun reading compounds

  • 漂う 【ただよう】 to drift, to float, to waft (e.g. a scent), to hang in the air, to be in the air (e.g. a feeling or mood), to wander, to walk around aimlessly, to be unsteady, to be unstable, to falter, to flinch, to wince, to live in unreliable circumstances


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
piao1, piao3, piao4


  • divagar
  • ir a la deriva
  • flotar


  • rumo
  • bóiar (em líquido)


  • dériver
  • flotter
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1507 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1245 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
857 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
493 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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18102 Morohashi
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3303 New Nelson (John Haig)
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1-3-11 SKIP code
3119.1 Four corner code
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6f02 Unicode hex code