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Components

忙 means 'busy'

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Strokes : 6    Frequency: 1473   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Challenge set: 8    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 35    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 9 words   Used in 19 words   Used in 7 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ボウ
Kun
   いそがしい busy
On    モウ
Kun    せわしい   おそれる   うれえるさま   せわしない restless, fidgety
Busyness is a key part of Japanese life. A wedding invitation may include an apology for having a ceremony at such a busy time. Learn to say that busyness is work-related. Find out how to read 忙しい with two yomi, each with different meanings. Discover terms for being busy versus simply looking busy. And enjoy sayings about finding odd moments of leisure when swamped.
This is a synopsis of Joy o' Kanji's in-depth essay on 忙
⿰   () heart   dead  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 忙 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 忙 is used 19 times, read 3 ways (with 1 variation).
ボウ : 12 words FIND ALL
busy; pressure of work
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いそがしい : 3 words FIND ALL
busy; hectic; occupied; engaged
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5
2
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せわしい : 2 words FIND ALL
restless; fidgety; in a hurry  (often written with kana only)
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6
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せわしい (read as ぜわ) : 2 words FIND ALL
restless; fidgety; fussy
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Henshall: 1806  Joy o' Kanji : 1806  Key to Kanji: 970 

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ボウ   いそがしい busy   
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ボウ   モウ   dead   な to be deceased, to have ceased to be   
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3
shelf
lid
シン   こころ heart   
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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.
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