8 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
bungling, clumsy, unskillful
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1938 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 拙 【セツ】 poor, unskillful, clumsy, I, me
  • 拙劣 【セツレツ】 clumsy, unskillful
  • 稚拙 【チセツ】 unskillful, childish, immature, naive, artless, clumsy, crude
  • 巧拙 【コウセツ】 skill, workmanship, dexterity, quality

Kun reading compounds

  • 拙い 【つたない】 poor-quality, shoddy, crude, unskillful, inexpert, maladroit, inept, foolish, clumsy, unlucky


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
zhuo2, zhuo1


  • inexperto
  • torpe


  • Mal-ajambrado
  • desajeitado
  • inábil


  • maladroit
  • bâclé
  • mon humble (maison, écrit)
1487 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1785 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1880 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1733 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1351 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1801 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1939 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1470 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
875 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
373 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
235 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
280 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
776 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
11965 Morohashi
315 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2122 New Nelson (John Haig)
769 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
831 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1180 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1376 2001 Kanji
3c5.11 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-5 SKIP code
5207.2 Four corner code
1-32-59 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
62d9 Unicode hex code