10 strokes
silk 糸 (糹)
distract, be mistaken for, go astray, divert
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
994 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 紛争 【フンソウ】 dispute, conflict, trouble, strife
  • 紛糾 【フンキュウ】 complication, confusion, disorder
  • 人工授粉 【ジンコウジュフン】 artificial pollination, hand pollination, mechanical pollination

Kun reading compounds

  • 紛れる 【まぎれる】 to disappear into, to be lost in, to slip into, to get mixed in among, to do something under the cover of (confusion, etc.), to be almost indistinguishable, to be confusingly similar, to be diverted from (negative emotions, etc.), to forget about, to be distracted by, to be too absorbed in
  • 紛らす 【まぎらす】 to divert (e.g. one's mind), to distract, to relieve (e.g. boredom), to conceal (e.g. one's sorrow with a smile), to shift (the conversation)
  • 紛らわす 【まぎらわす】 to divert, to distract
  • 紛らわしい 【まぎらわしい】 easily mixed up (e.g. similar words), easily mistaken, confusingly similar, misleading, equivocal, ambiguous


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • revuelto
  • difuminado
  • confuso
  • ambiguo
  • desviar
  • confundir
  • estar confuso


  • distrair
  • ser incorreto para
  • desviar-se
  • desviar


  • emmêler
  • confusion
  • s'égarer
  • détourner
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1100 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3506 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1499 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1622 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1702 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1818 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1298 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1520 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1648 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
873 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1191 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1370 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
27295 Morohashi
1296 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4452 New Nelson (John Haig)
1358 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1458 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1379 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2745 2001 Kanji
6a4.8 The Kanji Dictionary
1-6-4 SKIP code
2892.7 Four corner code
1-42-22 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7d1b Unicode hex code