7 strokes
somebody, person, one's station in life
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
320 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 心身 【シンシン】 mind and body
  • 身障者 【シンショウシャ】 (physically) disabled person, person with a physical disability
  • 終身 【シュウシン】 the whole life
  • 等身 【トウシン】 body proportions

Kun reading compounds

  • 身 【み】 one's body, one's person, oneself, one's appearance, one's place (in society, etc.), one's position, main part, meat (as opposed to bone, skin, etc.), wood (as opposed to bark), blade (as opposed to its handle), container (as opposed to its lid)
  • 身動き 【みうごき】 moving about, stirring about
  • 肩身 【かたみ】 shoulders, body, honour, honor, prestige, face
  • 細身 【ほそみ】 narrow, thin (sized), slender


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
shen1, juan1


  • cuerpo
  • uno mismo
  • posición


  • alguém
  • pessoa
  • fase da vida


  • individu
  • personne
  • situation sociale
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