17 strokes
wine, alcohol
ugly, unclean, shame, bad looking
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
2074 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 醜 【シュウ】 ugliness, shame, disgrace
  • 醜女 【シュウジョ】 homely woman, plain-looking woman, female demon
  • 老醜 【ロウシュウ】 ugliness of old age
  • 美醜 【ビシュウ】 beauty or ugliness, personal appearance, looks

Kun reading compounds

  • 醜い 【みにくい】 ugly, unattractive, bad-looking, unsightly, unseemly, disgraceful, shameful, dishonorable
  • みにくいアヒルの子 【みにくいあひるのこ】 ugly duckling
  • 醜 【しこ】 ugly, repulsive, detestable, contemptible, unworthy, insignificant, humble, strong and frightening thing
  • 醜女 【しゅうじょ】 homely woman, plain-looking woman, female demon


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • feo
  • mal aspecto
  • innoble
  • vergüenza


  • sujo
  • feio
  • vergonha
  • má aparência


  • laid
  • malpropre
  • hideux
  • honteux
1359 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1969 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4798 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1703 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1839 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1527 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1628 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1755 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1798 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2058 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1082 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1469 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
2039 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
39969 Morohashi
1629 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6189 New Nelson (John Haig)
2020 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2176 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1890 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3257 2001 Kanji
7e10.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-10 SKIP code
1661.3 Four corner code
1-29-25 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
919c Unicode hex code