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

stroke order illustration  
weak point
Bushu (Radical) Info: 矢 (や) – arrow
Henshall Mnemonic: both arrow and food vessel are short
Levels: JLPT N2 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #689 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • い   [みじかい]
    (adj) short   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [たんき]
    (n) short term   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんしょ]
    (n) (1) defect; demerit; weak point; (2) disadvantage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんぺん]
    (n) short (e.g. story, film)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうたん]
    (n) (1) length; (2) long and short; advantages and disadvantages; pluses and minuses; strong and weak points; merits and demerits   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [たんか]
    (n) tanka; 31-syllable Japanese poem   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんき]
    (adj-na,n) quick temper   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんしゅく]
    (n,vs) shortening; abbreviation; reduction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんだい]
    (n) junior college   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんぱ]
    (n) short wave   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [たんきかん]
    (n) short term; short time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいたん]
    (n) shortest   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんきだいがく]
    (n) (two year) junior college   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんきょり]
    (n) short distance; short range; short-haul   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんざく]
    (n) small vertical card for poem   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんじかん]
    (n-adv,n-t) short time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんじゅう]
    (n) pistol; revolver   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [たんちょう]
    (n) minor key (music)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんとう]
    (n) short sword; dagger; dirk   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんめい]
    (adj-na,n) short life   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんらく]
    (n,vs) electric short-circuit; draw a hasty inference between two events   [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.