Meaning

Primary

To Stab

Alternatives

To Poke, To Jab

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means stab so the verb vocab version must also be to stab.

Reading

つく
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

If you're going to get stabbed, don't get stabbed two () times. You can remember that this is the "two time stab" stab because it has a hole that's big. The hole is big because you got stabbed twice.

Context

Context Sentences

フェンシングのフルーレで突かれると痛いですか?

Does it hurt to get stabbed with a fleuret in fencing?

「それじゃあ、いくらお金があれば幸せになれるっていうの?」 「う~ん。痛いところを突かれたな。」

"Well then, how much money do you need to be happy?" "Ah. You can really poke at my sore spots."

妻は、急いでいるのに全然話を終わらせようとしない夫の脇腹を、肘で突きました。

The wife jabbed her husband in the ribs with her elbow because he didn't seem like he was going to stop talking at all, and they were in hurry.

Kanji Composition