虚 means 'void'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 1283   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Challenge set: 8    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 83 words   Used in 100 words   Used in 51 names   Component in 2 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   キョ   コ
Kun    うつ cavity, hollow   むなしい vacant, empty
In 虚 we find a hollow space, though it's often filled with lies. As such, it pops up in words about bluffs, false fronts, and vanity, as well as emptiness, both emotional and physical. When an effort is in vain, leading to nothing, 虚 again enables us to express that. Learn about its surprising relationship to . Also find out why you should never choose a spouse who has a 虚!
This is a synopsis of Joy o' Kanji's in-depth essay on 虚
⿸   tiger   () almost lined up  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 虚 is used 2 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 虚 is used 95 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation).
キョ : 71 words FIND ALL
modesty; humility
コ : 9 words FIND ALL
empty space; empty sky
むなしい : 7 words FIND ALL
1. empty; void; vacant
2. vain; fruitless; futile; ineffective
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うつ : 7 words FIND ALL
1. cavity; hollow; void
2. hollow (voice); empty (heart); blank (eyes, face, etc.); vacant (stare)
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うつ (read as うつろ) : 1 word FIND ALL
unidentified craft said to have washed ashore in Ibaraki Prefecture during the Edo period (sometimes alleged to have been a UFO)
Henshall: 1156  Joy o' Kanji : 1156  Key to Kanji:

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キョ   コ    void   
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とら tiger   
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divining rod
シチ   seven   なな    なな    なの    
almost lined up
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