12 strokes
thumb, inch
inquire, fathom, look for
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1398 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 尋 【ヒロ】 fathom
  • 尋問 【ジンモン】 questioning, interrogation, examination (of a witness)
  • 討尋 【トウジン】 minute investigation, thorough inquiry, thorough enquiry
  • 審尋 【シンジン】 hearing, interrogation

Kun reading compounds

  • 尋ねる 【たずねる】 to ask, to enquire, to inquire, to search, to look for, to look into, to investigate
  • 尋 【ひろ】 fathom
  • 八尋 【やひろ】 great length, great size


Japanese names:
ず、 つぐ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
xun2, xin2


  • pedir
  • preguntar
  • desentrañar
  • buscar


  • indagar
  • aprofundar
  • procurar


  • demander
  • interroger
  • rechercher
  • brasse
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