3 strokes
thumb, inch
measurement, tenth of a shaku, a little, small
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
1669 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 寸 【スン】 sun (approx. 3 cm), length, measurement, shortness, tininess
  • 寸前 【スンゼン】 just before, on the verge of, on the brink of, just in front of, just ahead of
  • 原寸 【ゲンスン】 actual size, full size
  • 外寸 【ガイスン】 external dimensions, outer size


Japanese names:
す、 みき
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • longitud
  • medida
  • un poco
  • sólo
  • antigua unidad de medida


  • medição
  • medida valendo pés/ 10


  • dimension
  • un peu
  • sun = 3,03 cm (1/10 de shaku)
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1045 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
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1894 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
2070 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
367 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
499 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3652 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1864 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2541 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
45 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
7411 Morohashi
2935 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1372 New Nelson (John Haig)
45 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
45 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
828 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1448 2001 Kanji
0a3.17 The Kanji Dictionary
3-2-1 SKIP code
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4030.0 Four corner code
1-32-03 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
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