Kanji of the Day 寸 (Measurement, A little)

3 strokes

Meaning: measurement, tenth of a shaku, a little, small
On: スン (Sun)

Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
1669 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Sample Words containing 寸:

一寸 (ちょっと) a little; a bit; slightly​; just a minute; for a moment; briefly​; somewhat; rather; fairly; pretty; quite​ (Usually written using kana alone); (not) easily; (not) readily​(Usually written using kana alone, before a verb in negative form)
一寸も (ちょっと) not at all (neg. verb)​ (Usually written using kana alone)
もう一寸 (もうちょっと) a bit more; a bit longer​ (Usually written using kana alone)
一寸宜しい (ちょっとよろしい) can you spare a little time?; (do you) have a moment (to speak)? (​Usually written using kana alone)

寸法 (すんぽう) measurement; size; extent; dimension​; plan; intention; arrangement; schedule​
内寸 (ないすん) inside dimensions; internal dimensions​
外寸 (がいすん) external dimensions; outer size​
実寸 (じっすん) actual size; exact size​

寸 (すん) unit of measure (approx. 3.03 cm)
一寸 (いっすん) one sun (approx. 3.03 cm)​; little bit (of time, distance, etc.)​
一寸法師 (いっすんぼうし) Issun-bōshi​; The One-Inch Boy (Japanese fairytale)​
方寸 (ほうすん) a square sun (i.e. approx 9sq. cm.)​; one's mind; space occupied by one's heart​
三寸の舌 (さんずんのした) eloquent tongue​; three sun tongue
五寸釘 (ごすんくぎ) long nail; spike​; five sun nail

寸描 (すんびょう) thumbnail sketch; brief sketch​
寸土 (すんど) an inch of land​
寸毫 (すんごう) a bit; very little​
寸借 (すんしゃく) small loan​
寸秒 (すんびょう) a moment​
寸暇 (すんか) moment's leisure; free minute​
寸分 (すんぶん) tiny bit​
寸分の狂いもない (すんぶんのくるいもない) accurate; flawless; perfectly ordered; without deviation​
寸分違わず (すんぶんたがわず) without the least difference; exactly; perfectly; to the inch​
寸前 (すんぜん) just before; on the verge of; on the brink of​; just in front of; just ahead of​
餓死寸前 (がしすんぜん) being on the verge of starvation; being about to starve​
寸での所で (すんでのところで) almost; very nearly; only just; barely; just in time​ (Usually written using kana alone)

寸鉄 (すんてつ) short blade; small weapon​; epigram; pithy saying​
寸鉄人を刺す (すんてつひとをさす) to make a cutting remark; to stab someone with a short blade (​Idiomatic expression)
胸三寸 (むねさんずん) heart; mind; feelings​
寸断 (すんだん) cut (tear) to small pieces​

Practice Sentences using 寸:

(Korera no sunpō wa sekkeizu ni itchi suru.)
These measurements conform to the blueprints.

(Kare wa subete no tana no sunpō o hakatta.)
He measured all his shelves.

(Anata no sunpō o hakaru no o yurushite kudasai.)
Please allow me to measure you.

(Okusama, sunpō o o hakari shimashou.)
May I take your size, madam?

(Watashi no shōshin wa kare no munesanzun dearu.)
My promotion hangs on his decision.

(Kore o sundan shite kure.)
Cut this into very fine pieces.

(Hikōki wa ririku sunzen datta.)
The plane was about to take off.

(Jidaiokure no sono seiken wa hōkai sunzen da.)
The obsolete regime is about to collapse.

(Kawaisō ni sono neko wa gashi sunzen datta.)
The poor cat was on the verge of starvation

(Kanojo wa yuki no naka de tōshi sunzen datta.)
She was nearly frozen to death in the snow.

(Kanojo wa kizetsu sunzen datta.)
She almost passed out./She was on the verge of a faint.

(Sono kuni no keizai wa hōkai sunzen da.)
The country's economy is about to collapse.

(Kare no furui kuruma wa ponkotsu sunzen da.)
His old car is on its last legs.

(Hakken sa reta toki, haikā-tachi wa tōshi sunzen datta.)
The hikers were all but frozen when they were found.

(Hikōki wa tsuiraku sunzen ni migi ni senkai shita.)
The plane turned sharply to the right just before it crashed.

(Yosō wa, sunbun tagawanu kurai atatta.)
His expectations hit the mark exactly.

(Sokutei ni wa sunbun no kurui mo nai seido ga yōkyū sa reru.)
Flawless precision is required in the measurements.

(Tomu-san wa sunbun no sukima no nai shinshi deshita.)
Tom was every inch a gentleman.

(Karera wa roketto ga doko ni chakuriku suru ka sunbuntagawazu shitteita.)
They knew to an inch where the rocket would land.

(Kanojo wa arayuru mono no arubeki basho o sunbuntagawazu shitteita.)
She knew to an inch where everything should be.

May 7, 2019


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