8 strokes
cow 牛 (牜)
thing, object, matter
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N4
215 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 物 【ブツ】 stock, products, stolen goods, loot, spoils
  • 物議 【ブツギ】 public discussion, public criticism, controversy
  • 異物 【イブツ】 foreign substance, foreign body, foreign contamination, foreign material, strange object, unusual object, dead body, corpse, remains
  • 遺物 【イブツ】 relic, remains, memento
  • 財物 【ザイブツ】 property
  • 幣物 【ヘイモツ】 Shinto offerings, present to a guest

Kun reading compounds

  • 物 【もの】 thing, object, article, stuff, substance, one's things, possessions, property, belongings, things, something, anything, everything, nothing, quality, reason, the way of things, used to emphasize emotion, judgment, etc., used to indicate a common occurrence in the past (after a verb in past tense), used to indicate a general tendency, used to indicate something that should happen, item classified as ..., item related to ..., work in the genre of ..., cause of ..., cause for ..., somehow, somewhat, for some reason, really, truly
  • 物言い 【ものいい】 manner of speaking, verbal argument, objection, protesting a decision (esp. that of a sumo referee), rumor, rumour
  • 先物 【さきもの】 futures, futures contract
  • 拾い物 【ひろいもの】 found article, thing picked up (e.g. in the street), (lucky) find, piece of good luck, windfall, bargain


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • cosa
  • objeto
  • materia


  • coisa
  • objeto
  • matéria


  • objet
  • chose
  • matière
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