Kanji [女] literally means woman. This ideogram also serves as a component of other kanji, where some have very strange meanings. In this article, we will see several ideograms derived from the Japanese woman's kanji [女].
In the Japanese language we use the ideogram onna [女] to refer to woman or female gender. We also use other words composed of the ideogram [女] as shoujo [少女] which means young woman or girl and also josei [女性] which means adult woman.
Onna [女] can also be used as component or radical other ideograms that also refer to the female gender as imouto [妹] which means little sister or ane [姉] which means big sister. Together these ideograms form shimai [姉妹] which means sister (s).
Other examples are in the ideograms of daughter [娘], wife [妻] and bride [嫁]. The man also has an ideogram called otoko [男] with his own ideograms and words. The highlight in this article goes to women.
What do you need to know before reading this article?
We will constantly mention the word ideogram and kanji, I want to make it clear that they are both the same. Radical and component are parts of a single kanji, but keep in mind that sometimes we will refer to them as an ideogram.
Unfortunately, some Japanese ideograms appear to be somewhat macho and even racist, but it is worth remembering that these ideograms arose in China, but they can probably have another meaning there.
It is also worth remembering that the same ideogram had different meanings during its history both in Japan and in China. With that in mind, I will now present the ideograms in the Japanese language that are composed with the female kanji.
Below we will see only unique ideograms and not the joining of ideograms. The ideograms we are going to talk about below and their components may not have an absolute meaning or are currently in disuse. Do not try to use this article to learn a new vocabulary.
好 - Like in Japanese
The first ideogram we are going to talk about is in the name of this site and it means to like, love or something good. The ideogram of the word suki [好き] is composed of the ideograms of woman [女] + child [子]. Some claim that this indicates a mother's love for her child and vice versa.
Some joke that [好] means new woman [女の子] and that a man likes a new woman so they created the ideogram [好] how to like it. If you want to go deeper into the ideogram of [好き] can read our other article.
妬 e 嫉 - Jealousy and Envy in Japanese
For some reason the Chinese or Japanese think that the best ideogram to represent jealousy and envy is a woman holding a stone or jewel. [妬] is nothing less than the joining of woman [女] and stone [石]. The verb formed by the ideogram is netamu [妬む].
The explanation for this ideogram is that the woman has a precious stone and that makes people jealous. Another explanation is that the woman is so jealous that she is throwing a rock at another.
Another word that also means envy or jealousy is shitto [嫉妬]. Note that this word also contains another ideogram with a woman radical [女]. Did you know that this other ideogram also means envy and jealousy?
The ideogram [嫉] is composed of a woman radical [女] together with [矢] which ironically means an arrow. In the middle of these two cited ideograms we find the radical [疔] which means carbuncle (Anthrax, a disease).
This causes a slight impression that envy or jealousy caused a wound in the woman [疔] and caused her to shoot arrows at enemies. The ideogram is also derived from [乞] which means to beg and ask.
姦 - 3 Women are loud and naughty?
For some reason, a pervert had the brilliant idea of making the ideogram composed of 3 women kan [姦] means fornication, malice, seduction, rape, orgy and noise. This is one of the most controversial ideograms at all.
Why would 3 women together represent adultery or rape? Or worse, how did you come to the conclusion that 3 women together means something loud? Probably those who had this idea liked a harem very much.
This ideogram is rarely used, but it can still compose some verbs even though there are better alternatives. Let's list some verbs below:
- 姦する - Kansuru - This verb means to commit adultery, fornicate, have illicit relations, to rape, to violate and to abuse;
- 姦しい - Kashimashi - This verb means noisy;
- 姦悪 - Kanaku - Evil, evil person;
- 佞姦 - Neikan - Treacherous, wicked, perverse;
It is worth remembering that there are also 2 variants of this ideogram with similar meanings and it is probably the most current way of writing. We have [姧] that brings together 2 women and the radical [干] which means to dry, drain, interfere and intercede.
In addition to [姧] we have the most current variation of the ideogram that contains only one woman [奸] and have the same meanings as [姧] and [姦]. The main difference is that these ideograms [奸] and [姧] refer more to cunning or cunning person. Both are variations of each other with the same ON reading.
女三人寄れば姦しい - Onna sannin yoreba kashimashii - Bringing three women together, noise!Famous Japanese saying says that when joining 3 women we have a lot of noise.
妖婷娥嬌 - Are women attractive and beautiful?
There are several ideograms that represent a woman's beauty, ideograms that mean beautiful, attractive, graceful and that at the same time can mean something obscure, a spell or a calamity.
The first ideogram we are going to talk about is [妖] which, although it means attractive, seductive and fascinating, also conveys the idea of something fantastical and is present in words that mean ghosts, witches, witchcraft and even magic. This is because this ideogram is the combination of a woman [女] with calamity [夭]. Does seduction bring calamities to men?
The second character [婷] means beautiful, attractive and graceful. This kanji is not usually used today, but it is composed of a woman [女] with the ideogram [亭] which means pavilion, mansion, country house.
The third ideogram [娥] also means beautiful and attractive but it is composed with a woman's ideogram [女] and the kanji of [我], which is a pronoun to refer to oneself (me), but gives the idea of a I selfish with ego.
The fourth ideogram [嬌] means attractive and is composed of the combination of woman [女] with [喬] which indicates something loud, a pride or joy. Again is this ideogram suggesting that beautiful women are proud and find themselves? Is it an old version of the word famous?
嬲 - 娚 - 嫐 - Men and women together do not work
There are 3 ideograms that are the union of men and women, some bring interesting meanings. Let's talk first about the joining of a woman [女] with a man [ndo] forming the ideogram [娚] which means to speak loudly.
Is this ideogram suggesting that a man and a woman together are always fighting and arguing? Nowadays it still happens, we always see a couple talking loudly and arguing, I didn't imagine that this was also common in Japan.
What happens when we have two men + a woman? The character [嬲] means something worse than talking loudly, this kanji is part of words like torture to death, torment, blame, stalk, move, tease and make fun of.
That word is right, men are constantly stirring and chasing women, which causes them great torture. The verb naburu [嬲る] is used to refer to everything we have mentioned. This time they recognized that man is to blame for everything.
The last ideogram [嫐] suggests that the man is a shameless bastard who stays with two women and commits adultery. Although the ideogram makes this impression, its meaning is light and suitable for flirting, flirting, playing and having fun with the opposite sex.
Other ideograms and words containing women [女]
There are thousands of Japanese ideograms that contain the kanji or radical of women. It is not possible to talk in detail about each one of them. To finish the article in a complete way I will leave a list with some ideograms that contain the radical woman and their meanings.
- [婪] Greed - How does a woman and two trees mean to lust?
- [奴] Servant - Slave, someone who serves, pejorative pronouncement for others and humble for you.
- [始] Start - Probably because life begins through a woman's womb;
- [安] Cheap or Pacific;
- [妄] Disillusionment, unnecessary, illusion;
- [如] Similar, similar, equal or better;
- [妃] Queen, princess;
- [妥] - Kindness and peace;