12 strokes
bolt of cloth 疋 (⺪)
alienate, rough, neglect, shun, sparse, penetrate
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1572 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 疎 【ソ】 sparse, distant (of a relationship), estranged, alienated
  • 疎開 【ソカイ】 evacuation (to the country), spreading out (troops), deployment, dispersal
  • 過疎 【カソ】 underpopulation, low population density, depopulation
  • 空疎 【クウソ】 empty (e.g. argument), insubstantial, hollow, fruitless

Kun reading compounds

  • 疎い 【うとい】 distant (from someone), aloof, estranged, knowing little (of), ill-informed (about), ignorant (of), unfamiliar (with), unacquainted (with)
  • 疎む 【うとむ】 to shun, to avoid, to ostracize, to neglect, to distance oneself from, to give the hard shoulder
  • 疎ら 【まばら】 sparse, thin, scattered, straggling, sporadic


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • descuidar
  • desatender
  • rehuir
  • desinteresado
  • descuidado


  • desviar
  • rude
  • negligenciar
  • evitar
  • esparso


  • négligence
  • ignorer
  • aliéner
  • éviter
  • grossier
  • clairsemé
  • épars
1509 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1786 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3021 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1601 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1542 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1514 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1615 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1826 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1346 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1512 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
799 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1091 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1684 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
22002 Morohashi
1178 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3776 New Nelson (John Haig)
1668 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1797 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1568 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3564 2001 Kanji
0a11.4 The Kanji Dictionary
1-5-7 SKIP code
1-4-7 SKIP code
1519.6 Four corner code
1-33-34 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
758e Unicode hex code