18 strokes
wink, blink, twinkle
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1265 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 瞬時 【シュンジ】 instant, moment, (split) second, (in a) flash, (in the) blink of an eye
  • 瞬間 【シュンカン】 moment, second, instant
  • 数瞬 【スウシュン】 a few moments
  • 転瞬 【テンシュン】 blink of an eye, instant, moment

Kun reading compounds

  • 瞬く 【またたく】 to twinkle (e.g. stars), to flicker, to waver, to blink (one's eyes), to wink, to bat
  • 瞬く間 【またたくま】 brief moment, blink of an eye (time span)
  • 瞬ぐ 【まじろぐ】 to wink, to blink, to twinkle, to flicker


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • instante
  • momento


  • pestanejar
  • piscar


  • cligner
  • pétiller (yeux)
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