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Kanji Information Sheet for 切  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

stroke order illustration  
be sharp
Bushu (Radical) Info:
刀 (かたな) – sword
刈 (ガイ, カイ, か.る, かっ かり) – reap; cut; clip; trim; prune
Henshall Mnemonic: seven sword cuts
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #324 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [たいせつ]
    (adj-na,n) important; valuable; worthy of care   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [きる]
    (suf,v5r) to cut; to chop; to hash; to carve; to saw; to clip; to shear; to slice; to strip; to fell; to cut down; to punch; to sever (connections); to pause; to break off; to disconnect; to turn off; to hang up; to cross (a street); to discount; to sell below cost; to shake (water) off; to finish; to be through; to complete   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きって]
    (n) stamp (postage); merchandise certificate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きっぷ]
    (n) ticket   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [しんせつ]
    (adj-na,n) kindness; gentleness   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  • る   [よこぎる]
    (v5r) to cross (e.g. arms); to traverse   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てきせつ]
    (adj-na,n) pertinent; appropriate; adequate; relevance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れ   [きれ]
    (n) cloth; piece; cut; chop; strip; slice; scrap; counter for such   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れる   [きれる]
    (v1) (1) to cut well; to be sharp; (2) to break (off); to snap; to wear out; (3) to be injured; (4) to burst; to collapse; (5) to be disconnected; to be out of; to expire; to sever (connections) with; (6) to be shrewd; to have a sharp mind   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [うらぎる]
    (v5r) to betray; to turn traitor to; to double-cross   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • れ   [うりきれ]
    (n) sold-out   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れる   [うりきれる]
    (v1) to be sold out   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [しめきる]
    (v5r) to shut up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [はりきる]
    (v5r) to be in high spirits; to be full of vigor; to be enthusiastic; to be eager; to stretch to breaking point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しめきり]
    (n) closing; cut-off; end; deadline; Closed; No Entrance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふみきり]
    (n) railway crossing; level crossing; starting line; scratch; crossover   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [おもいきり]
    (adv,n) with all one's strength (heart); resignation; resolution   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [ちぎる]
    (v5r) to cut up fine; to pick (fruit)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [くぎる]
    (v5r,vt) to punctuate; to cut off; to mark off; to stop; to put an end to   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [こぎって]
    (n) cheque; check   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [うちきる]
    (v5r) to stop; to abort; to discontinue; to close   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いっさい]
    (n-adv,n) all; everything; without exception; the whole; entirely; absolutely   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [しめきり]
    (n) closing; cut-off; end; deadline; Closed; No Entrance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きれめ]
    (n) break; pause; gap; end; rift; interruption; cut; section; notch; incision; end (of a task)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せつじつ]
    (adj-na,n) compelling; serious; severe; acute; earnest; pressing; urgent   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • れ   [まくぎれ]
    (n) fall of the curtain; last scene; end of act   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [かわきり]
    (n) beginning; start   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [わぎり]
    (n) round slices   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きりくち]
    (n) cut end; section; opening; slit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [いいきる]
    (v5r) to declare; to assert; to state definitively   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きりふだ]
    (n) trump card   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [ゆびきり]
    (n) linking little fingers to confirm a promise   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • て   [きりすて]
    (n) (historical) using people of low rank as sword fodder; omission; rounding down   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • てる   [きりすてる]
    (v1) to truncate; to cut down; to omit; to discard; to slay; to cast away   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [つめきり]
    (n) nail clippers   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • げ   [きりあげ]
    (n) end; conclusion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • え   [きりかえ]
    (n) exchange; conversion; replacement; switching (to); switchover   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [うちきり]
    (n) end; close; finish; discontinuance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • やりれない   [やりきれない]
    (adj) unbearable; too much   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [すみきる]
    (v5r) to be serene   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • き   [きりぬき]
    (n) scraps; cuts   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [とびきり]
    (adj-no,adv) extraordinary; superior; choice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [もんきりがた]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) fixed formula; stereotyped phrase; hackneyed   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [きりくずす]
    (v5s) (1) to level (earth); to cut through (a mountain); (2) to split (the opposition); to break (strike)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れ   [しなぎれ]
    (n) out of stock   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [きりはなす]
    (v5s) to detach; to decapitate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [ふみきる]
    (v5r) to make a bold start; to take a plunge; to take off   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [しめきり]
    (n) closing; cut-off; end; deadline; Closed; No Entrance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [しきり]
    (n) partition; division; boundary; compartment; settlement of accounts; toeing the mark   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [うらぎり]
    (n) treachery; betrayal; perfidy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.