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少 means 'few'

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Strokes : 4    Frequency: 152   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-4    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 9    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 101 words   Used in 187 words   Used in 157 names   Component in 64 kanji (12 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ショウ
Kun
   すこ a little   すくない few
𣥂  
⿱   small   () katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 少 is used 14 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 少 is used 177 times, read 3 ways.
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ショウ : 142 words FIND ALL
1
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun
just a minute; small quantity
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すくない : 21 words FIND ALL
3
few; a little; scarce; insufficient; seldom
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すこ : 14 words FIND ALL
2
adverb, noun
1. small quantity; little; few; something
2. little while
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Henshall: 160 (originally: 143)  Joy o' Kanji : 143  Key to Kanji: 530 

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ショウ   すこ a little   すくない few   
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
ショウ   こ-    お-    ちいさい small   
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