Definition of 堅

  • strict
  • hard
  • solid
  • tough
  • tight
  • reliable


On'Yomi (音読み) Kun'yomi (訓読み)
  • ケン
  • かた
  • -がた

Popular Words With This Kanji

固める, 堅める, かためる

to harden, to freeze, to strengthen, to solidify, to make (a fist), to tramp down (snow, dirt), to put together, to collect, to gather, to consolidate, to make secure, to stabilize, to settle down, to strengthen (belief, resolution, etc.), to establish (evidence), to fortify, to reinforce, to support, to wear for a specific purpose (armor, coat, etc.), to swear, to resolutely vow, to sincerely promise, to tie tightly, to fasten, to hold a bow fully drawn

中堅, ちゅうけん

main body (of troops), nucleus, backbone, mainstay, key figure, center field, centre field, center fielder, centre fielder, athlete competing in the middle-number match in a team competition, i.e. second in 3-on-3, third in 5-on-5 (kendo, judo, etc.)

堅持, けんじ

holding on to, sticking to

硬い, 固い, 堅い, 緊い, かたい

hard, solid, tough, stiff, tight, wooden, unpolished (e.g. writing), strong, firm (not viscous or easily moved), safe, steady, honest, steadfast, obstinate, stubborn, bookish, formal, stuffy

堅調, けんちょう

bullish, firm (market)

固め, 堅め, かため

hardening, fortifying, pledge, vow, defense, defence, guarding

堅実, 健実, けんじつ

steady, sound, reliable, solid

手堅い, てがたい

steady, firm, solid, secure

底堅い, そこがたい

stable (market) after having bottomed out

堅, けん

strength, solidity, firmness, armour, armor

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