16 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
voiced, uncleanness, wrong, nigori, impurity
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1883 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 濁流 【ダクリュウ】 muddy stream
  • 濁音 【ダクオン】 syllable with a voiced consonant (in Japanese), voiced sound
  • 汚濁 【オダク】 pollution, contamination, corruption, graft
  • 清濁 【セイダク】 good and evil, purity and impurity, voiced and unvoiced consonants
  • 濁酒 【ドブロク】 doburoku (unrefined sake)
  • 濁世 【ダクセ】 this corrupt or degenerate world, this world or life, the world of mankind

Kun reading compounds

  • 濁る 【にごる】 to become muddy, to become cloudy, to become turbid, to become impure (of a liquid or gas), to become dull (of a sound, color, etc.), to become indistinct, to become fuzzy, to become hoarse, to become impure (of one's heart, a society, etc.), to be corrupted, to be polluted, to become voiced (of a consonant), to be pronounced as a voiced sound
  • 濁す 【にごす】 to make muddy (of a liquid), to make cloudy, to make turbid, to roil, to make ambiguous, to evade (e.g. the point), to be noncommittal about


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • suciedad
  • impureza
  • turbieza
  • ensuciar
  • tergiversar
  • enturbiar
  • ensuciarse
  • enturbiarse


  • sonoro
  • sujidade
  • errado
  • impureza


  • troubler
  • consonne sonore (nigori)
  • impureté
  • faux
  • boueux
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1511 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1255 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
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533 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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18440 Morohashi
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3348 New Nelson (John Haig)
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1836 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
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1-3-13 SKIP code
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