12 strokes
short, brevity, fault, defect, weak point
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N2
689 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 短 【タン】 fault, defect, weak point, minor, 5-point card, short
  • 短歌 【タンカ】 tanka, 31-mora Japanese poem
  • 長短 【チョウタン】 (relative) length, advantages and disadvantages, pluses and minuses, strong and weak points, merits and demerits
  • 車高短 【シャコウタン】 lowered car, car with lowered suspension

Kun reading compounds

  • 短い 【みじかい】 short, brief


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • pequeño
  • breve
  • defecto
  • corto


  • curto
  • brevidade
  • falta
  • defeito
  • ponto fraco


  • court
  • bref
  • faute
  • défaut
  • point faible
466 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
362 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
342 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
789 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3172 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
261 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
230 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1633 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
215 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
215 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
90 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1395 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1515 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
801 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1093 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1454 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
23978 Morohashi
1182 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3982 New Nelson (John Haig)
1442 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1550 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
403 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2373 2001 Kanji
3d9.27 The Kanji Dictionary
1-5-7 SKIP code
8141.8 Four corner code
1-35-27 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
77ed Unicode hex code