13 strokes
drowsy, sleep, die
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1739 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 睡眠 【スイミン】 sleep
  • 睡魔 【スイマ】 sleepiness, drowsiness, the sandman, Morpheus
  • 昏睡 【コンスイ】 coma, deep sleep, falling fast asleep
  • 仮睡 【カスイ】 nap, doze

Kun reading compounds

  • 眠る 【ねむる】 to sleep, to die, to rest (in peace), to lie (buried), to sleep (in the grave), to lie idle (e.g. of resources), to lie unused, to lie untapped, to lie untouched, to close one's eyes
  • 眠い 【ねむい】 sleepy, drowsy, somnolent


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • somnolencia
  • dormir
  • dormitar


  • sonolento
  • sono
  • morte


  • ensommeillé
  • dormir
  • mourir
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1389 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1535 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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1597 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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1200 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3948 New Nelson (John Haig)
1583 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
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1650 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3972 2001 Kanji
5c8.2 The Kanji Dictionary
1-5-8 SKIP code
6201.4 Four corner code
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