4 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N4
60 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 手術 【シュジュツ】 surgery, operation, procedure, skill with one's hands, sleight of hand
  • 手記 【シュキ】 note, memorandum, memo, memoirs, personal account
  • 二塁手 【ニルイシュ】 second baseman
  • 名手 【メイシュ】 master, expert, brilliant move (in go, shogi, etc.), excellent move
  • 交際上手 【コウサイジョウズ】 good at socializing, sociability, being a good mixer
  • 処世上手 【ショセイジョウズ】 knowing how to get on in the world, knowing the secret of success in life

Kun reading compounds

  • 手 【て】 hand, arm, forepaw, foreleg, handle, hand, worker, help, trouble, care, effort, means, way, trick, move, technique, workmanship, hand, handwriting, kind, type, sort, one's hands, one's possession, ability to cope, hand (of cards), direction, move (in go, shogi, etc.)
  • 手足 【てあし】 hands and feet, limbs, person at one's beck and call, person at hand, reliable worker
  • 逆手 【ぎゃくて】 underhand grip, backhand grip (e.g. in tennis), unexpected twist, turning the tables (on an opponent)
  • 担い手 【にないて】 bearer, carrier, person bearing responsibility, person in charge, supporter


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • mano


  • mão


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4-4-3 SKIP code
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2050.0 Four corner code
1-28-74 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
624b Unicode hex code