18 strokes
boisterous, make noise, clamor, disturb, excite
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1069 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 騒然 【ソウゼン】 noisy, confused, uproarious
  • 騒音 【ソウオン】 noise, din
  • 狂躁 【キョウソウ】 mania, wild excitement
  • 鼓譟 【コソウ】 motivating the troops on the battlefield with war drums and war cries, making an uproar

Kun reading compounds

  • 騒ぐ 【さわぐ】 to make noise, to make racket, to be noisy, to rustle, to swoosh, to make merry, to clamor, to clamour, to make a fuss, to kick up a fuss, to lose one's cool, to panic, to act flustered, to feel tense, to be uneasy, to be excited
  • 騒がしい 【さわがしい】 noisy, boisterous, turbulent (era, etc.), troubled


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • bullicio
  • tumulto
  • clamor
  • hacer ruido
  • hacer bulla
  • agitarse


  • vociferante
  • barulhento
  • clamor
  • perturbar
  • excitar


  • tapage
  • faire du bruit
  • clameur
  • émeute
  • exciter
  • déranger
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2308 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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1835 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6760 New Nelson (John Haig)
1985 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2139 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1913 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
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7733.6 Four corner code
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