怖 means 'frightening'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 938   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-20    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 33    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 22 words   Used in 55 words   Used in 1 name   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   こわ frightening
Kun   じる to be scared   こわがる   おそれる
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Learn to talk about cowards, risks, and the politics of fear, as well as horror films and terrifyingly complex kanji! See how both the meanings and yomi of 怖 can provoke anxiety. Understand how 怖 and its near twin relate to each other. See what it means figuratively to be bitten by a snake and thus to fear a rotten rope. And find out about fears and phobias specific to the Japanese.
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 怖 is used 3 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 怖 is used 51 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation).
フ : 27 words FIND ALL
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fear; dread; dismay; terror; horror; scare; panic
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こわ : 10 words FIND ALL
1. scary; frightening; eerie; dreadful
interjection (kandoushi)
2. (I'm) afraid
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じる : 9 words FIND ALL
bashfulness before strangers
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おそれる : 4 words FIND ALL
Most common form: 恐れ
fear; horror; anxiety; concern; uneasiness
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じる (read as おじ) : 1 word FIND ALL
Most common form: 怖気付く
'ku' godan verb, intransitive verb
to be seized with fear; to be intimidated; to lose one's nerve; to be frightened; to get cold feet; to chicken out; to have the wind up
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An additional 4 less common words include 怖 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1749  Joy o' Kanji : 1749  Key to Kanji:

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フ   こわ frightening   
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フ   ぬの cloth   
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ten   じゅう    じつ    と    とう    
キン   turban; cloth
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