12 strokes
silk 糸 (糹)
strangle, constrict, wring
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1288 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 絞 【コウ】 death by hanging (punishment in the ritsuryō system)
  • 絞殺 【コウサツ】 strangulation, strangling

Kun reading compounds

  • 絞る 【しぼる】 to wring (towel, rag), to squeeze, to squeeze (fruit to extract juice), to press, to extract, to milk, to express milk, to rack (one's brains), to strain (one's voice), to extort, to exploit, to chew out, to reprimand severely, to rake over the coals, to give a sound scolding, to tell someone off, to scold, to rebuke, to drill into, to train, to narrow down (one's focus), to whittle down, to gather up (curtain, etc.), to tighten (drawstring), to stop down (lens), to turn down (e.g. radio), to bend (bow), to draw, to hold down, to constrict, to immobilize
  • 絞める 【しめる】 to strangle, to constrict
  • 絞まる 【しまる】 to be strangled, to be constricted


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
jiao3, jia3


  • constreñir
  • contraer
  • torcer
  • estrujar


  • estrangular
  • apertar
  • torcer


  • étrangler
  • serrer
  • tordre
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