9 strokes
dog 犬 (犭)
cramped, narrow, contract, tight
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1346 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 狭心症 【キョウシンショウ】 angina pectoris
  • 狭義 【キョウギ】 narrow sense (e.g. of a word)
  • 偏狭 【ヘンキョウ】 narrow-mindedness, intolerance, illiberality, narrowness
  • 広狭 【コウキョウ】 width, width and narrowness

Kun reading compounds

  • 狭い 【せまい】 narrow, confined, small, cramped, limited, narrow-minded, confining
  • 狭める 【せばめる】 to narrow, to reduce, to contract
  • 狭まる 【せばまる】 to narrow, to contract
  • 狭 【さ】 narrow, thin
  • 狭霧 【さぎり】 mist, fog
  • 若狭 【わかさ】 Wakasa (former province located in the south of present-day Fukui Prefecture)


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • apretado
  • estrecho
  • encogido
  • estrecharse
  • encogerse
  • estrechar
  • angosto


  • limitar
  • estreitar
  • contrair
  • apertar


  • étroit
  • exigu
  • serré
  • se contracter
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