汚 means 'dirty'

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Strokes : 6    Frequency: 1151   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-15    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 49    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 59 words   Used in 102 words   Used in 5 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   きたな dirty   けが to defile, stain   けがれる to be defiled   けがらわしい dirty, defiled   よご to make dirty   よごれる to be dirty
right side exists as a rare kanji (reach for the one)
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The 汚 kanji has 7 Joyo yomi! What's more, 汚す can be よごす or けがす, just as 汚れる represents よごれる and けがれる. Learn when each yomi is appropriate. Scads of sample sentences help you get the hang of the yomi, one of which played a key role in a major movie. Whether you want to talk about dirty rooms, dirty dealings, or dirty words, 汚 is your kanji.
⿰   () water  ⿻   reach   one  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 汚 is used 14 times, read 4 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 汚 is used 97 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation).
オ : 58 words FIND ALL
pollution; contamination  (see also: 公害)
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よご : 17 words FIND ALL
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
1. to get dirty; to become dirty
2. to become sullied; to become corrupted; to lose one's chastity  (see also: 汚れる)
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けが : 12 words FIND ALL
Most common form: 穢らわしい
filthy; unfair; dirty; untouchable; disgusting; nasty; foul; odious; repulsive
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きたな : 7 words FIND ALL
1. dirty; filthy; foul; unclean
2. disordered; messy; untidy; poor (e.g. handwriting)
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きたな (read as ぎたな) : 3 words FIND ALL
5 0
filthy; dirty (looking); drab
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An additional right side exists as a rare kanji 亐 less common words include 汚 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1031  Joy o' Kanji : 1031  Key to Kanji: 56 

Cascading kanji view

オ   きたな dirty   けが to defile, stain   けがれる to be defiled   けがらわしい dirty, defiled   よご to make dirty   よごれる to be dirty   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
スイ   みず water   
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