せつsetsu Inflection

adjectival noun / noun:

  • eager; earnest; ardent; kind; keen; acute

Kanji definition:

セツSETSUサイSAIki.ru~き ki.ruki.ri~き ki.ri~ぎ gi.riれるki.reru~きれる ki.reruki.re~き ki.re~ぎ gi.re

cut; cutoff; be sharp

刀刂⺈ sword
절 [jeol]체 [che]
qiē / qiè
Stroke order:
Example words:
important; necessary; indispensable; / beloved; precious; dear; cherished; valuable; / careful
all; everything; the whole; lock, stock, and barrel; / absolutely not (with negative); without exception; entirely not
pertinent; appropriate; adequate; relevance
resolutely; boldly; decisively; daringly
deadline; closing; cut-off; end; / cofferdam; / closed (door, window, etc.)

Partial results:



  • stamp (postage); merchandise certificate

私のwatashino趣味shumiha切手kittewo集めるatsumeruことkotoda My hobby is collecting stamps.



  • ticket

このkono切符kippude二人入れるireru This ticket allows two people to enter.

きるkiru Inflection

godan ~る verb / transitive:

  • to cut; to cut through; to perform (surgery)
  • to sever (connections, ties) 縁を切る
  • to turn off (e.g. the light)
  • to terminate (e.g. a conversation); to hang up (the phone); to disconnect 電話を切る
  • to punch (a ticket); to tear off (a stub)
  • to open (something sealed)
  • to start
  • to set (a limit); to do (something) in less or within a certain time; to issue (stamps, vouchers, etc.)
  • to reduce; to decrease; to discount 値切る
  • to shake off (water, etc.); to let drip-dry; to let drain
  • to cross; to traverse
  • to criticize sharply
  • to act decisively; to do (something noticeable); to go first; to make (certain facial expressions, in kabuki)
  • to turn (vehicle, steering wheel, etc.)
  • to curl (a ball); to bend; to cut
  • to shuffle (cards)
  • to discard a tile - Mahjong term
  • to dismiss; to sack; to let go; to expulse; to excommunicate
  • to dig (a groove); to cut (a stencil, on a mimeograph)
  • to trump 切り札
  • to cut (the connection between two groups) (in go)
  • to start a fire (with wood-wood friction or by striking a metal against stone) - also written as 鑽る
  • to draw (a shape) in the air (with a sword, etc.)

auxiliary verb / godan ~る verb:

  • to finish; to complete - after the -masu stem of a verb 疲れきる

2.大根daikonha拍子木hyoushigini切るkiru 2. Cut the daikon into long sticks.

iewo出る前derumaeにはnihaガスGASUnoスイッチSUITCHIwo切るkiruことkotowo忘れないでwasurenaideくださいkudasai Don't forget to turn off the gas before you leave the house.

3.電話をかけてdenwawokaketemoアナウンスANAUNSUtouni従って従tte操作sousaしたりshitariせずsezuすぐにsuguni切るkiruことkoto 3. If you do phone then hang up immediately, without following any instructions given.

いったんittanfuuwo切るkirutoそのsonoテープTEEPUha返品henpinできませんdekimasen Once you break the seal, you can't return the tape.



  • piece; slice; strip; scrap
  • cloth - also written as 布, 裂
  • sharpness


  • counter for scraps, pieces, etc.

切れkirehaずたずたにzutazutani切り裂かれたkirisakareta The cloth was torn to shreds.

昔のmukashinoようなyouna身体shintaino切れkirewo取り戻しtorimodoshiたいtai I wish I could get back the tone and nimbleness I once had.

nikuha切れkirenishiましょうかmashouka How many slices of meat would you like?

きれるkireru Inflection

ichidan verb / intransitive verb:

  • to break; to snap; to be cut; to split; to crack
  • to be injured
  • to wear out; to be worn out
  • to break; to burst; to collapse
  • to wear off; to stop working; to go dead
  • to expire (time limit, etc.); to run out; to become due
  • to run out (of stock, etc.); to be exhausted; to be used up; to be sold out; to be out of
  • to be broken off (e.g. of a relationship); to break up; to have severed ties; to be cut off; to be disconnected
  • to cut well; to be sharp
  • to be sharp-minded; to be keen; to be shrewd; to be quick-witted; to be able
  • to be short of; to drop under (a certain figure); to beat (e.g. a record time)
  • to dry off
  • to curve; to veer
  • to shuffle (cards)
  • to get angry; to snap; to blow one's top; to lose one's temper; to flip - colloquialism キレる

auxiliary verb / ichidan verb:

  • to be able to do completely - after the -masu stem of a verb - usually written using kana alone

二人no子供kodomohatsunaga切れるkireruまでmade引っ張りhippariあったatta The two children pulled at the rope until it broke.

100メートルMEETORU、10byou切れるkireru Will they break the ten-second mark in the hundred-metre race?

karehaatamaga切れるkireruでもなくdemonaku機知kichini富むtomuわけwakeでもないdemonai He is not witty or bright.



  • chance; start; cue; excuse; motive; impetus; occasion

彼等karerahakareni逃げるnigeruきっかけkikkakewo与えたataeta They gave him a chance to escape.



  • end; finish; stop
  • bounds; limits 切りがない切りのない
  • delivery date (of a futures contract) - esp. 限り,限
  • finale (of a noh song); end of an act (in jōruri or kabuki); final performance of the day (in vaudeville)

suffix / counter:

  • counter for slices (esp. thick slices); counter for cuts (e.g. fish, meat)


  • only; just - senses 6-8 are sometimes pronounced ぎり, esp. in old-fashioned speech - usually written using kana alone っ切り【っきり】
  • since; after - usu. in a negative sentence - usually written using kana alone
  • remaining (in a particular state) - usually written using kana alone

karehaそこsokoni行ったittaきりkiri2度と2doto帰ってこなかったkaettekonakatta He went there, never to return.

彼女kanojohaひとりhitoriきりkiriになったninattaとたんtotanそのsono手紙tegamiwoあけたaketa The moment she was alone, she opened the letter.

彼女kanojohanenmaeniiewo出たdetaきりkirideその後sonogo何のnanino消息shousokumoありませんarimasen She left home five years ago, and has never been heard of since.

せつじつsetsujitsu Inflection

adjectival noun / noun:

  • earnest; sincere; acute; keen; fervent
  • pressing; urgent; serious; severe
  • pertinent; appropriate
きりかえるkirikaeru Inflection

ichidan verb / transitive:

  • to change; to exchange; to convert; to renew; to throw a switch; to replace; to switch over
せつないsetsunai Inflection


  • painful; heartrending; trying
  • oppressive; suffocating; miserable


  • gap; break; rift
  • pause; interval; interruption
  • cut; incision; notch; score
  • end

kinno切れ目kiremegaenno切れ目kireme Relationships built on money will end when the money runs out.

kinno切れ目kiremegaenno切れ目kireme Relationships built on money will end when the money runs out.

せっかいsekkai Inflection

noun / ~する noun:

  • incision; operation; section


  • trump card
  • ace up one's sleeve; secret weapon

あのano会社kaishano社長shachouha切り札kirifudawo隠し持っていますkakushimotteimasu The president of that company has an ace up her sleeve.

きらすkirasu Inflection

godan ~す verb / transitive:

  • to run out of; to be short of; to be out of stock
  • to be out of (e.g. breath); to lose (one's patience, concentration, etc.)


  • tangent point; point of contact - Mathematics term
  • contact (electrical, etc.)
  • point of agreement; common ground; interaction

あたりまえatarimaedagahitotohitotono接点settenhaことばkotobaであるdearuそのsono言葉kotobaによってniyotte考えkangaewo共有kyouyuushi議論gironしているshiteiru It's obvious but the connection between people is "words". It is by those words that thoughts are shared and arguments carried out.



  • exchange; conversion; replacement; switching (to); switchover
きりすてるkirisuteru Inflection

ichidan verb / transitive:

  • to cut down; to slay
  • to truncate; to round down; to round off
  • to omit; to discard; to cast away
せつだんsetsudanせつだんsetsudanさいだんsaidanirr.せつだんsetsudan Inflection

noun / ~する noun:

  • cutting; severance; section; amputation; disconnection

強風kyoufuunoためtame電線densenga箇所kashode切断setsudanされたsareta The strong wind cut the electric wires in several places.

せつぼうsetsubou Inflection

noun / ~する noun / ~の noun:

  • earnest desire; eager hope; longing; yearning; hankering

watashihaあなたanatano成功seikouwo切望setsubouしていますshiteimasu I am anxious for your success.



  • clipping (of newspaper article, etc.); cutting; scrap (for a scrapbook)
  • cut-out (picture, coloured paper, etc.) - abbreviation 切り抜き絵切り抜き細工

hakononakaにはniha新聞shinbunya雑誌zasshino切り抜きkirinukigaあったatta Inside the box were cuttings from newspapers and magazines.



  • sharpness; cutting ability
  • quickness (of wit); incisiveness; technical proficiency; skill
  • peppiness (of a ball) - in ball sports

そのsonoナイフNAIFUha切れ味kireajiga悪くwarukuそれsorewo使っtsukatenikuwo切るkiruことkotogaできdekiなかっnakataのでnodewatashiha自分jibunnoポケットPOKETTOナイフNAIFUni頼っtayota That knife wasn't sharp and I couldn't cut the meat with it, so I resorted to using my pocket knife.



  • cloth; fabric

このkono布地nunojiha長持ちnagamochiしないshinaiだろうdarou This cloth will not last long.



  • devaluation (e.g. of currency); markdown; write-down; undercutting
きりがないkiriganaiキリがないKIRIganai Inflection

expression / adjective:

  • endless; boundless; innumerable 切りのない
  • endless; never-ending; going on forever


  • cut end; section; opening; slit
  • point of view; (different) perspective; new approach

健康kenkouhouno一つhitotsuni発音hatsuonできdekiないnai原材料genzairyouwo含むfukumu食品shokuhinha切口kirikuchinishiないnaiというtoiuものmonogaあるaruらしいrashii I heard that one way to stay healthy is to avoid eating any food with unpronounceable ingredients.

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