6 strokes
small, insignificant
be pointed, sharp, taper, displeased, angry, edgy
Jinmeiyō kanji, used in names
2133 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 先端 【センタン】 pointed end, tip, point, cusp (of a leaf, crescent moon, etc.), apex (of a curve), forefront, vanguard, spearhead, leading edge
  • 先鋭 【センエイ】 radical, acute, sharp
  • 肺尖 【ハイセン】 pulmonary apex, apex of a lung
  • 刀尖 【トウセン】 tip of a sword

Kun reading compounds

  • 尖る 【とがる】 to taper to a point, to become pointed, to become sharp, to look displeased, to look sour, to be on edge, to be touchy
  • 切っ先 【きっさき】 point (of a sword, etc.), pointed verbal attack
  • 雛頭 【ひなさき】 slightly protruding part of the front of an eboshi, clitoris
  • 鋭い 【するどい】 sharp (knife, claws, etc.), pointed, sharp (pain, tone, etc.), acute, stabbing, cutting (remark, criticism, etc.), stinging, biting, fierce (attack), pointed (question, look, etc.), piercing (gaze), shrill (sound), keen (intuition, sense of smell, etc.), acute, sharp (eye, mind, etc.), astute, shrewd, discerning, penetrating (insight, question, etc.), perceptive


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • puntiagudo
  • afilado
  • disgustado
  • hacerse puntiagudo
  • hacerse afilado



1357 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
2700 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1864 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
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2176 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1393 New Nelson (John Haig)
2903 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2912 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
3n3.1 The Kanji Dictionary
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9043.0 Four corner code
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