5 strokes
sweet, coax, pamper, be content, sugary
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1248 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • さつま芋 【サツマイモ】 sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas)
  • 甘言 【カンゲン】 sweet words, smooth talk, cajolery, flattery, sycophancy

Kun reading compounds

  • 甘い 【あまい】 sweet-tasting, sweet, sugary, sugared, fragrant (smelling), sweet (music), lightly salted, light in salt, not spicy, naive, overly optimistic, soft on, generous, indulgent, easy-going, lenient, half-hearted, not finished properly, insufficient, not satisfactory, inadequate, loose, mild, tempting, enticing, luring
  • 甘い顔をする 【あまいかおをする】 to go easy on someone, to be easygoing, to be lenient
  • 甘える 【あまえる】 to behave like a spoiled child, to fawn on, to take advantage of, to presume upon (e.g. another's benevolence), to depend on
  • 甘やかす 【あまやかす】 to pamper, to spoil
  • 上手い 【うまい】 skillful, skilful, skilled, good, expert, clever (expression, trick, etc.), apt, appropriate, delicious, tasty, good, nice, good (deal, idea, etc.), profitable, promising, lucky, fortunate, successful, satisfactory, splendid
  • うまい話 【うまいはなし】 too-good-to-be-true offers (e.g. scams and frauds), too-good-to-be-true stories


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • dulce
  • sabroso
  • bueno
  • tener cariño a
  • mimar
  • consentir


  • doce
  • seduzir
  • mimar
  • contentar
  • açucarado


  • doux
  • enjôler
  • dorloter
  • être content
  • sucré
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