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笑 means 'laugh'

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Strokes : 10    Frequency: 212   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-2    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: 18    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 59 words   Used in 171 words   Used in 414 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ショウ
Kun
   わら to laugh    to smile
Name    えみ
⿱   () bamboo   calamity  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 笑 is used 5 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 笑 is used 151 times, read 3 ways. 1 word uses a non-standard reading.
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ショウ : 52 words FIND ALL
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smile
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わら : 85 words FIND ALL
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'u' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to laugh
2. to smile
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smiling face; smile
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Part of a non-standard reading: 1 word. FIND ALL
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'mu' godan verb, intransitive verb
to smile
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An additional 21 less common words include 笑 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 537 (originally: 900)  Joy o' Kanji : 900  Key to Kanji: 541 

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ショウ   わら to laugh   え to smile   
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bamboo
calamity   
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
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