11 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
graceful, gentle, pure
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1922 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 淑徳 【シュクトク】 womanly virtues
  • 淑女 【シュクジョ】 lady, (female) pervert
  • 貞淑 【テイシュク】 chastity, virtue, fidelity, feminine modesty
  • 私淑 【シシュク】 looking up to a person as one's own master or model, being influenced by a person through his works, idolizing

Kun reading compounds

  • 淑やか 【しとやか】 graceful, ladylike, modest, gentle, polite, quiet, well-mannered, refined (behavior)


Japanese names:
すく、 とし、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
shu2, shu1


  • gracioso
  • gentil
  • puro


  • gracioso
  • puro
  • suave


  • gracieux
  • doux
  • pur
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1668 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1783 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1767 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1210 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
639 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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483 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
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17634 Morohashi
527 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3191 New Nelson (John Haig)
721 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
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1456 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
367 2001 Kanji
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1-3-8 SKIP code
3714.0 Four corner code
1-29-42 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6dd1 Unicode hex code