12 strokes
fire 火 (灬)
nothingness, none, ain't, nothing, nil, not
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
274 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 無 【ム】 nothing, naught, nought, nil, zero, un-, non-
  • 無意識 【ムイシキ】 unconsciousness, unconscious, involuntary, automatic, mechanical, unintentional, spontaneous, the unconscious
  • 皆無 【カイム】 nonexistent, nil, none, nothing (at all), bugger-all
  • 虚無 【キョム】 nihility, nothingness
  • 無 【ブ】 un-, non-, bad ..., poor ...
  • 不気味 【ブキミ】 weird, eerie, ominous, creepy, uncanny, unearthly

Kun reading compounds

  • 無い 【ない】 nonexistent, not being (there), unowned, not had, unpossessed, unique, not, impossible, won't happen, not, to not be, to have not
  • 【ないといけない】 have to (verb), must (verb), is indispensable, absolutely necessary
  • 苦無 【くない】 ninja throwing knives, mediaeval farming tool for digging, prying, etc.


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
wu2, mo2


  • nada
  • inexistente
  • prefijo negativo
  • no hay


  • Sem valor
  • nada
  • não sou/ estou
  • nihil
  • não


  • néant
  • rien
  • ne pas
  • non
  • in-
  • négatif
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2-2-10 SKIP code
2-8-4 SKIP code
8033.1 Four corner code
1-44-21 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7121 Unicode hex code