11 strokes
tiger stripes
void, emptiness, unpreparedness, crack, fissure, untruth
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1454 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 虚 【キョ】 unpreparedness, falsehood, Chinese "Emptiness" constellation (one of the 28 mansions)
  • 虚偽 【キョギ】 falsehood, untruth, lie, misinformation, fallacy
  • 盈虚 【エイキョ】 waxing and waning (of the moon), phase, rising and falling (of fortune)
  • 太虚 【タイキョ】 the sky, the heavens, Great Void (in ancient Chinese philosophy, the primordial substance that gives rise to qi)
  • 虚偽 【キョギ】 falsehood, untruth, lie, misinformation, fallacy
  • 虚空 【コクウ】 empty space, empty sky

Kun reading compounds

  • 虚しい 【むなしい】 empty, void, vacant, vain, fruitless, futile, ineffective, lifeless
  • 虚ろ 【うつろ】 cavity, hollow, void, hollow (voice, smile, etc.), blank (eyes, look, etc.), vacant (expression, stare, etc.), empty (words, heart, etc.)
  • 虚舟 【うつろぶね】 unidentified craft said to have washed ashore in Ibaraki Prefecture during the Edo period (sometimes alleged to have been a UFO)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • vacío
  • vano
  • hueco


  • vazio
  • vacuidade
  • despreparo
  • abertura
  • fissura
  • falsidade


  • vide
  • impréparation
  • craquelure
  • fissure
  • contre-vérité
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