5 strokes
adroit, skilled, ingenuity
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1537 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 巧 【コウ】 skilfulness, skillfulness, cleverness
  • 巧妙 【コウミョウ】 ingenious, skillful, clever, deft
  • 不精巧 【フセイコウ】 clumsy, bungling
  • 大巧 【タイコウ】 great talent

Kun reading compounds

  • 巧み 【たくみ】 skillful, adroit, dexterous, masterful, clever, ingenious, cunning, craft, craftsmanship, skill, dexterity, design, plot, scheme, artifice, trick
  • 巧む 【たくむ】 to devise, to plot, to plan
  • 上手い 【うまい】 skillful, skilful, skilled, good, expert, clever (expression, trick, etc.), apt, appropriate, delicious, tasty, good, nice, good (deal, idea, etc.), profitable, promising, lucky, fortunate, successful, satisfactory, splendid


Japanese names:
かつ、 たくみ、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • habilidad
  • destreza
  • ingenio
  • diestro
  • hábil
  • ingenioso


  • hábil
  • engenhoso


  • adroit
  • habile
  • ingénieux
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1-3-2 SKIP code
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