9 strokes
stinking, ill-smelling, suspicious looking, odor, savor, fragrance, be fragrant, stink, glow, be bright
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1760 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 臭 【シュウ】 -smell, stinking of, smacking of, hinting of
  • 臭覚 【シュウカク】 the sense of smell
  • 体臭 【タイシュウ】 body odor, body odour, personal odor, personal odour, characteristic (of someone)
  • 異臭 【イシュウ】 offensive smell, off-flavor, off-flavour

Kun reading compounds

  • 臭い 【くさい】 stinking, smelly, suspicious, fishy, clumsy, unskilled, smelling of, looking like, appearing like, smacking of, -ish
  • 臭い玉 【においだま】 tonsil stone, tonsillolith, scent ball
  • 匂う 【におう】 to be fragrant, to smell (good), to stink, to smell (bad), to glow, to be bright, to smack of, to show hints of
  • 匂い 【におい】 odour, odor, scent, smell, stench, aura, whiff, smacks of ..., sense, flavour, flavor
  • 匂いがする 【においがする】 to smell, to smell of, to have a smell


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
chou4, xiu4


  • peste
  • hedor
  • mal olor
  • apestar
  • oler mal


  • fedendo
  • cheiro de doença
  • parecer suspeito
  • odor
  • cheiro
  • fragrância
  • cheirar
  • feder
  • brilhar
  • brilhante


  • sentir mauvais
  • malodorant
  • odeur
  • saveur
  • parfum
  • puer
  • aspect louche
  • brillant
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