11 strokes
silk 糸 (糹)
dainty, get thin, taper, slender, narrow, detailed, precise
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N2
537 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 細 【サイ】 detail, details
  • 細菌 【サイキン】 bacterium, bacteria, germ
  • 子細 【シサイ】 reasons, circumstances, significance, particulars, hindrance, obstruction, interference
  • 精細 【セイサイ】 detail

Kun reading compounds

  • 細い 【ほそい】 thin, slender, fine, unlucky
  • 細い糸 【ほそいいと】 fine thread
  • 細る 【ほそる】 to get thin, to taper off
  • 細か 【こまか】 small, fine, detailed, stingy
  • 細かい 【こまかい】 small, fine, minute, minor, trivial, sensitive, attentive
  • 細かい 【こまかい】 small, fine, minute, minor, trivial, sensitive, attentive
  • 細かいこと 【こまかいこと】 trifles, minor details




  • estrecho
  • fino
  • delgado
  • detallado
  • adelgazar
  • minucioso


  • franzino
  • emagrecer
  • afinar
  • delgado
  • estreito


  • menu
  • long et fin
  • délicat
  • mince
  • fluet
  • étroit
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140 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
284 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
721 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3522 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
701 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
812 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1958 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
695 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
708 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
123 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1525 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1689 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
900 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1220 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1375 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
27344 Morohashi
1333 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4472 New Nelson (John Haig)
1363 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1463 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
205 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2776 2001 Kanji
6a5.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-6-5 SKIP code
2690.0 Four corner code
26-57 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7d30 Unicode hex code