狭 means 'narrow'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 1259   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-16    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 27 words   Used in 50 words   Used in 192 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   せま narrow   せばまる to become narrow   せばめる to make narrow
On    コウ
Name    はざ
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The word 'narrow' makes me think of 'skinny,' as in the delightfully named diet book Skinny Bitch. But skinny isn't what you'll find with 狭, even though it means 'narrow.' The Japanese associate 狭 with crowdedness. Learn various words for cramped spaces, from a tiny apartment to a clogged artery. We'll even cover narrow-mindedness and narrow interpretations of words. You'll get the skinny on all of it!
⿰   () dog   between  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 狭 is used 7 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 狭 is used 47 times, read 4 ways (with 3 variations).
キョウ : 23 words FIND ALL
narrow-mindedness; intolerance; illiberality; narrowness
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さ : 3 words FIND ALL
`ku' adjective (archaic)
1. narrow; confined; small  (archaic)
`shiku' adjective (archaic)
2. narrow; confined; small  (archaic; this meaning is restricted to reading せばし)
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せま : 14 words FIND ALL
narrow; confined; small
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せばまる : 4 words FIND ALL
ichidan verb, transitive verb
to narrow; to reduce; to contract
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せま (read as ぜま) : 1 word FIND ALL
narrow; small; cramped
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さ (read as ざ) : 1 word FIND ALL
loophole; crenel; crenelle; arrow-slit
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はざ: 1 word. FIND ALL
1. interval; threshold; interstice
2. valley; gorge; ravine
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An additional 3 less common words include 狭 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1166  Joy o' Kanji : 1166  Key to Kanji: 215 

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キョウ   せま narrow   せばまる to become narrow   せばめる to make narrow   
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フ   フウ   おっと husband   
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ニ   ふた    ふた two   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
ケン   いぬ dog   
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