13 strokes
paint, plaster, daub, smear, coating
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1414 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 塗料 【トリョウ】 paints, painting material
  • 塗装 【トソウ】 coating, painting
  • 道途 【ドウト】 road
  • 糊塗 【コト】 patching up (e.g. a failure), covering up (e.g. a mistake), glossing over

Kun reading compounds

  • 塗る 【ぬる】 to paint, to plaster, to lacquer, to varnish, to spread, to smear, to put up (wallpaper)
  • 塗り 【ぬり】 coating (esp. lacquering)
  • 塗り替える 【ぬりかえる】 to repaint, to paint again, to paint (a different colour), to change completely, to break (a record), to redraw (e.g. the map), to remake
  • 春慶塗 【しゅんけいぬり】 Shunkei lacquerware, lacquerware created using transparent lacquer on yellow or red-stained wood, allowing the natural wood grain to be seen
  • 中塗り 【なかぬり】 intermediate coat of paint or lacquer, second coat
  • 塗れる 【まみれる】 to be smeared, to be covered


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • pintar
  • embadurnar
  • untar
  • laquear
  • recubrir


  • pintura
  • gesso
  • emplastar
  • untar
  • cobertura


  • peinture
  • peindre
  • tartiner
  • barbouiller
  • enduire
  • recouvrir
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