12 strokes
metal, gold 金 (釒)
dull, slow, foolish, blunt
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1574 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 鈍 【ドン】 dull, slow, stupid, dull-brained
  • 鈍化 【ドンカ】 becoming dull, slowing down
  • 焼鈍 【ショウドン】 annealing
  • 愚鈍 【グドン】 stupid, dim-witted, dense, dull, obtuse, slow

Kun reading compounds

  • 鈍い 【にぶい】 dull (e.g. a knife), blunt, thickheaded, obtuse, stupid, dull (sound, color, etc.), dim (light), slow, sluggish, inert, lethargic, insensitive, dull (e.g. reflexes), unperceptive, unfeeling
  • 鈍い音 【にぶいおと】 dull sound, muffled sound
  • 鈍る 【にぶる】 to become blunt, to grow dull, to become less capable, to weaken, to falter
  • 鈍る 【にぶる】 to become blunt, to grow dull, to become less capable, to weaken, to falter
  • 鈍ら 【なまくら】 blunt (e.g. sword), dull, lazy, cowardly, good for nothing


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • torpe
  • pesado
  • embotado
  • obtuso
  • embotarse
  • atascarse


  • tolo
  • lento
  • estúpido
  • embotado
  • sem corte


  • émoussé
  • lent
  • bête
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1372 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1811 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2123 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1108 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1507 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1509 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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1689 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6235 New Nelson (John Haig)
1495 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
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1597 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2856 2001 Kanji
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