11 strokes
metal, gold 金 (釒)
angling, fish, catch, allure, ensnare
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1542 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 釣果 【チョウカ】 catch (fishing), amount of fish caught, caught fish
  • 釣菌 【チョウキン】 extracting bacteria (from a petri dish, etc.)
  • 爆釣 【バクチョウ】 big catch (of fish), big haul

Kun reading compounds

  • 釣る 【つる】 to fish, to angle, to catch, to lure in, to tempt, to attract, to entice, to allure
  • 釣瓶 【つるべ】 well bucket
  • 釣り 【つり】 fishing, angling, change (for a purchase), clickbaiting, trolling, bait, making deliberately inflammatory posts online
  • 釣り合い 【つりあい】 balance, equilibrium
  • 雪釣り 【ゆきつり】 game in which children use a piece of charcoal on a string to create and lift up snowballs
  • 雪吊り 【ゆきづり】 placing ropes or wires around trees to protect them from the snow, ropes stretched from the top of a tree to the lower branches to prevent their breaking under heavy snow


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • pescar con caña
  • colgar
  • cambio (dinero)


  • pesca
  • peixe
  • pegar
  • fascinação
  • laçar


  • rendre la monnaie
  • pêche à la ligne
  • attraper
  • attirer
  • capturer
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