The Radical: 大

big    大

Explanation A person with wide spread arms and legs appears big.

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 4Joyo 1
inu, KEN
Left: big (man with outstretched arms), right: a small dog
The big man is holding his dog.
JLPT 5Joyo 1
big, large
ōkii, TAI, DAI

A person with arms spread out widely, appears: big.
JLPT 5Joyo 1
heaven, sky, paradise
ame, ama-, TEN
A big person with the sky above him
As wide as the spread arms of the big person is: the sky.
JLPT 4Joyo 2
thick, fat
futoi, TAI, TA
Top: big , below: a little bit more
When you are big, a little 'more' makes you thick and fat.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
hashi, KYŌ
Left: tree , right: accent for emphasis, big and a variation of high (two-storied building)
The tree is remarkably big and high. We use it as a bridge.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
beauty, fine
utsukushii, BI
Top: sheep (The horned animal with a backbone and laterally protruding due to thick wool is the: sheep), below: big
A sheep of this big size is beautiful!
JLPT 4Joyo 4
excellent, England, excel
Top: plant , below: center (The yoke on the shoulders of the big man is centered.)
The plant in the center is excellent, as England.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
middle, center, capital
Top: yoke , below: big
The yoke on the shoulders of the big person is centered.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
container, vessel, pot, skill
utsuwa, KI
Four mouths , big
For four mouths you need a big pot / container.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
participate, attend, go, come, visit
mairu, SAN
From top: Nose , big , hairy (Originally this was the image of a woman = く with long hair (possibly with hairpins ?), with the meaning: beautiful)
Where the simplified woman with the 'big' hair is, I would like to participate.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
to lose, disappear
ushinau, SHITSU
Upper left: accent for emphasis, rest: husband (= big person with extra-caring arms )
I emphasize: The husband is losing.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
(my) husband, man
otto, FU, FŪ
Two and person
The big person with the extra-caring arms is the husband.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
sort, kind, class, variety
Left: rice and big , right: head/forehead
Rice as big as a head: But what kind of a sort?
JLPT 2Joyo 5
reason, cause, origin, source
yoru, IN
Outside: enclosure , inside: big person
The fence around the big person has its reason.
JLPT 1Joyo 5
kindness, favor, benefit, grace
Top: reason, cause (For the fence around the big person is a reason.), bottom: heart
The reason is in the heart, if sb. is such kind.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
come near, approach, meet, visit
yoru, KI
Top: roof , bottom: strange (There are a big possibilities , but it looks strange.)
Under a roof, there is the big possibility to get closer.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
play music, perform, report
From top: three , person , sky/heaven
Three persons over the sky play music.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
be excited, stirred up, rouse
furuu, FUN
From top: big , bird , field
If something big (i.e. an eagle) is over the birds in the field, they get excited.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
pattern, imitate, figure, copy, model
Left: tree , right: sink, go down (The sun is sinking among plants ,=) [Watch-out: sunrise is: or ]
The tree shows in the sunset (by the long shadow) its pattern.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
marriage, matrimony
Left: woman , right: cause (For the fence around the big person is a reason.)
Women are the cause of marriages. (OR: The woman becomes an enclosed 'big' person by marriage.)
JLPT 2Joyo 7
inner part, core, wife
oku, Ō
From top: var. of building/roof , rice , big
In the building there is rice in big volumes, namely in its inner part (where the wife is).
JLPT 1Joyo 7
yell, shout, cry
wameku, KAN
Left: mouth , right: (only as radical) birth 奐 (from top: head of a woman , upper part of her body with emphasized breasts and spread legs )
The mouth at birth: yells.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
exchange, convert
kaeru, KAN
Left: hand , right: (only as a radical) birth 奐 (from top: head of a woman , upper part of body with emphasized breasts, spread legs
A hand at the birth made that the babies were exchanged.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
strange, unusual, odd
Top: big , bottom: possible (The nail into this opening should be possible.)
There is a big possibility, but it looks strange.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
horseback riding, rider, equestrian
Left: horse (image with a mane in the wind, four legs and the tail フ), right: strange (There is a big possibility , but it looks strange.)
A horse gives you big opportunities, when you are riding.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
consume, eat&drink, receive, ingest
Left: mouth , right: pledge, promise (tally stick , [pairwise marked sticks were distributed at the conclusion and joined again after implementation of an agreement] - Cut into a tally stick with a sword in big letters: the pledge)
The mouth promises to eat and drink.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
pledge, promise, vow
chigiru, KEI
Top: tally stick , (pairwise marked sticks were distributed at the conclusion and joined again after implementation of an agreement), sword , below: big
Cut into a tally stick with a sword in big letters: a pledge.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
proud, boast, pride, triumphantly
hokoru, KO
Left: word (sound waves out of a mouth ), right: 夸 (This is similar to: jaw, chin (= Under the eyes ロロ on the head is the jaw )
When your words come from such a fat jaw , you are proud and boast.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
balance, scales, equilibrium

Outside: to go , middle: var. of fish , big (Here: See as a scale with two communicating plates ,亍 going up/down)
Put the big fish on the shown: scales.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
cape, landhead, promontory
saki, KI
Left: mountain , right: strange (There is a big possibility , but it looks strange.)
(A beach might be behind?) Behind this "mountain" are big possibilities, because it is a cape.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
miserable, wretched, harsh, cruel, sad
mugoi, mijime, SAN, ZAN
Left: feeling , right: participate (Where the simplified/kneeling woman with the 'big' hair is, I like to participate.)
The feeling that my nose is big and hairy makes me miserable.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
smell, stink, smack
kusai, SHŪ
Top: self (The accented eye as the "self"), below: big
His ego is so big that it stinks.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
encourage, praise, exhort, promote
Top: commander (A simple bed , a hand caring hand [=reaching down] and a skillful hand needs the commander), bottom: big
A commander with grandeur encourages.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
measure of length, height, approx. 3m
Variant of big , which shows a big person with spread arms. Here this person makes a wide step.
With a wide step it is measured: the length of 3m.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
rob, take by force, snatch away, plunder
ubau, DATSU
From top: big , bird , skillful hand
For a big bird you need a skillful hand, for robbing it.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
stab, pierce, thrust, protrude, push, prick
tsuku, TOTSU
Top: hole, cavity (It is covered and a narrowing path leads into the cave), below: big
The hole gets big [.. or bigger] if you stab in protrudingly.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
observance (of tasks), dedication, respectful, performance of one's duty
tatematsuru, HŌ, BU
From top: three , person , var. of hand ,
Three persons offer their hands for observance of their tasks.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
rush, run quickly, bustle, gush
Top: big , below (ten , plant )
The big person is thirty-fold quick when: rushing away.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
colleague, official
Left: person , right: (big person with fat legs, day , small )
The person who is at big and fat and is daily next to me (sb. small) is my colleague.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
dormitory, hostel
Top: roof , below: (big person with fat legs, day (here: two tatami mats), small
Under a roof, the big ones (with fat legs) lie on tatami mats with the small ones: We are in a dormitory.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
tear, teardrop, sympathy
namida, RUI
Left: water , right: to return (From a distance the door still appears small, but: The door gets bigger and bigger [the closer you get] when you return.)
(Risk of flooding) If the water returns to your door, you will get (big) tears.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
return, bring back, restore
modoru/su, REI
Outside: door , below: big
(From a distance the door still appears small, but:) The door gets bigger and bigger (the closer you get) when you return.
JLPT -Joyo 7
chair, seat, position
Left: tree/wood , right: strange (There is a big possibility , but it looks strange.)
The tree became a strange chair.
JLPT -Joyo 7
gorge, throat, to be choked
musebu, IN
Left: mouth , right: reason (For the fence around the big person is a reason.)
It is at the mouth and an enclosure/restriction in respect to the size (of the food): The gorge.
JLPT -Joyo 7
I (male language), we
Left: person , right: big , lower part of dragon (It stands in the field with huge tail : the dragon.)
The person who is as (boastful as) a big dragon: that's me. (with my toxic masculinity)
JLPT -Joyo 7
cape (geography), spit (geography), promontory
Left: earth , right: strange/unusual (There is a big possibility , but it looks strange)
(Maybe, there is a beautiful beach?) The earth has great possibilities beyond the cape (promontory).
JLPT -Joyo 7
refreshing, clear, fresh
Big and 4 marks: (Here: placeholders for refreshments)
The big man holds under his arms four refreshments.
JLPT -Joyo 7
Nara, what?
Top: big , below: to show/altar (image of an altar with sth. on, that is shown)
A big altar? What? - In Nara?
JLPT -Joyo 7

Left the traditional form 夾 of: to squeeze , which then was: A big person is squeezed between two others , right: head/forehead
They are squeezing the head: the cheeks.
JLPT -Joyo 7
clear, obvious
Left: eye , right: (big person with fat legs, day , small (cf. =dormitory without roof)
(Memories of big days fade with time) The eye sees that a big, fat day becomes a small one: That is obvious.

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