15 strokes
metal, gold 金 (釒)
pointed, sharpness, edge, weapon, sharp, violent
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1395 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 鋭 【エイ】 sharpness, sharp weapon, blade, fine soldier
  • 鋭意 【エイイ】 eagerly, earnestly, zealously, wholeheartedly, diligently, assiduously
  • 精鋭 【セイエイ】 elite, best, pick, cream of the crop
  • 気鋭 【キエイ】 spirited, energetic

Kun reading compounds

  • 鋭い 【するどい】 sharp (knife, claws, etc.), pointed, sharp (pain, tone, etc.), acute, stabbing, cutting (remark, criticism, etc.), stinging, biting, fierce (attack), pointed (question, look, etc.), piercing (gaze), shrill (sound), keen (intuition, sense of smell, etc.), acute, sharp (eye, mind, etc.), astute, shrewd, discerning, penetrating (insight, question, etc.), perceptive


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ye, tae


  • puntiagudo
  • afilado
  • borde
  • violento


  • apontar
  • afiar
  • fio
  • arma
  • violento
  • afiado


  • pointu
  • aigu
  • tranchant
  • arme
  • radical
  • violent
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1823 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2171 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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