4 strokes
knife, sword 刀 (刂)
cut, cutoff, be sharp
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
324 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 切 【セツ】 eager, earnest, ardent, kind, keen, acute, OFF (on switch)
  • 切実 【セツジツ】 earnest, sincere, acute, keen, fervent, pressing, urgent, serious, severe, pertinent, appropriate
  • 懇切 【コンセツ】 kind and careful (instruction, explanation, etc.), considerate, helpful, thoughtful, detailed, scrupulous
  • 哀切 【アイセツ】 pathetic, plaintive
  • 家財一切 【カザイイッサイ】 complete set of household goods
  • 費用一切 【ヒヨウイッサイ】 all expenses

Kun reading compounds

  • 切る 【きる】 to cut, to cut through, to perform (surgery), to sever (connections, ties), to turn off (e.g. the light), to terminate (e.g. a conversation), to hang up (the phone), to disconnect, to punch (a ticket), to tear off (a stub), to open (something sealed), to start, to set (a limit), to do (something) in less or within a certain time, to issue (cheques, vouchers, etc.), to reduce, to decrease, to discount, to shake off (water, etc.), to let drip-dry, to let drain, to cross, to traverse, to criticize sharply, to act decisively, to do (something noticeable), to go first, to make (certain facial expressions, in kabuki), to turn (vehicle, steering wheel, etc.), to curl (a ball), to bend, to cut, to shuffle (cards), to discard a tile, to dismiss, to sack, to let go, to expel, to excommunicate, to dig (a groove), to cut (a stencil, on a mimeograph), to trump, to cut (the connection between two groups), to start a fire (with wood-wood friction or by striking a metal against stone), to draw (a shape) in the air (with a sword, etc.), to do completely, to finish doing, to be completely ..., to be totally ..., to be terribly ..., to do clearly, to do decisively, to do firmly
  • 切り 【きり】 end, finish, place to stop, bound, limit, end, delivery date (of a futures contract), finale (of a noh song), end of an act (in jōruri or kabuki), final performance of the day (in vaudeville), trump card, king (court card; in mekuri karuta and unsun karuta), counter for slices (esp. thick slices), counter for cuts (of fish, meat, etc.), only, just, (ever) since, after, continuously, remaining (in a particular state)
  • 切り替え 【きりかえ】 exchange, conversion, replacement, switching (to), switchover
  • 爪切り 【つめきり】 nail clippers
  • 押し切り 【おしきり】 straw cutter, short mane, pressing and cutting
  • 切れる 【きれる】 to break, to snap, to be cut, to split, to crack, to be injured, to wear out, to be worn out, to break, to burst, to collapse, to wear off, to stop working, to go dead, to expire (time limit, etc.), to run out, to become due, to run out (of stock, etc.), to be exhausted, to be used up, to be sold out, to be out of, to be broken off (e.g. of a relationship), to break up, to have severed ties, to be cut off, to be disconnected, to cut well, to be sharp, to be sharp-minded, to be keen, to be shrewd, to be quick-witted, to be able, to be short of, to drop under (a certain figure), to beat (e.g. a record time), to dry off, to curve, to veer, to shuffle (cards), to get angry, to snap, to blow one's top, to lose one's temper, to flip, to be able to do completely
  • 切れ 【きれ】 piece, slice, strip, scrap, cloth, sharpness, agility, counter for scraps, pieces, etc.
  • 切れ味 【きれあじ】 sharpness, cutting ability, quickness (of wit), incisiveness, technical proficiency, skill, peppiness (of a ball)
  • 布切れ 【ぬのぎれ】 piece of cloth


Japanese names:
きつ、 きり、 ぎり
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
qie1, qie4
jeol, che


  • cortar
  • urgente
  • apremiante
  • completo
  • cortar bien
  • agotarse


  • corte
  • talho
  • afiar


  • couper
  • trancher
  • tranchant
  • passionné
  • sérieux
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173 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
156 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
204 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
667 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
36 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
126 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
51 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
3.3 Japanese for Busy People
39 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
39 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
250 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
179 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
30 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
15 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
15 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
86 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
1858 Morohashi
27 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
453 New Nelson (John Haig)
85 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
89 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
208 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
97 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1445 2001 Kanji
2f2.2 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-2 SKIP code
4772.0 Four corner code
1-32-58 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5207 Unicode hex code