8 strokes
knife, sword 刀 (刂)
engrave, cut fine, chop, hash, mince, time, carving
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N3
866 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 刻 【コク】 period of time (usu. a period of approx. two hours corresponding to one of the signs of the Chinese zodiac), carving, engraving, cutting, mincing, victory, strictness, cruelty
  • 刻々 【コッコク】 moment by moment, hour by hour
  • 復刻 【フッコク】 republication, reissue, reprinting, reproduction
  • 刻一刻 【コクイッコク】 moment by moment, hour by hour

Kun reading compounds

  • 刻む 【きざむ】 to mince, to cut fine, to chop up, to hash, to shred, to carve, to engrave, to chisel, to notch, to tick away (time), to beat out (e.g. rhythm), to record the passing moments, to etch (into one's mind), to remember distinctly, to have tattooed, to torment
  • 刻み 【きざみ】 mincing, cutting, chopping, notch, nick, rapping (a percussion instrument), beating, shredded tobacco, interval
  • 刻み足 【きざみあし】 mincing steps


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ke4, ke1


  • grabar
  • esculpir
  • triste
  • angustiado
  • tiempo
  • afilar
  • cincelar


  • escultura
  • picar
  • fatiar
  • moer
  • esculpir


  • graver
  • découper
  • émincer
  • hacher
  • moment
  • gravure
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1139 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
190 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1619 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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1166 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1535 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
1970 Morohashi
1267 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
478 New Nelson (John Haig)
1521 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1639 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
863 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
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1-6-2 SKIP code
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523b Unicode hex code