Easy Lookup Simplified Index for Simplified Chinese Characters

The Easy Lookup Simplified Chinese Character Index (Simplified Index for short) divides Simplified Chinese characters into 12 categories each with a maximum of 16 groups based on shape.

Because characters are categorized (and grouped) entirely based on shape, you don't need to know a characters radical or pronounciation to look a character up.

It is one of 3 Easy Lookup Indexes included in the Easy Lookup Chinese English Dictionary.

12 Character Categories For Easy Lookup

Below you can see the 12 categories and their associated groups for the Simplified index.

Box:
囗咢号足巳尺尸囗田日門艮眉黑罒目
Bottom:

山豳屮出断发乚匕比
Cover:

⺼用冂卩阝骨冖贝且几
Right:
乛弓乃了子廴马乛水癶又甬乙已帚
Left:
厂后户卬留氏乐段臼丘肆馬巨匚
Slant:
丿⻐竹勹夕⺈鱼⻠亻千禾夭爫么彳
Dot:
丶忄氵自舟门宀穴疒广礻辶衤⻈亠立
Hook:

巛女奴如厶禸幺乡糸⺰丝
Hat:
八仚金小少丷⺌米火业廾廿革艹
Cross:
十車木扌龶土士赤走七车聿韋大㐅犭
Vertical:
丨止齿卜鬨非虫中由巾皮冘儿片
Horizontal:
一歹石万下不丁工王干再雨酉覃亚耳

The shape for a category is typical of all groups within that category. For example:

  • Groups within the Box category include characters that begin with some variation of the Box 囗 shape:
    咢号足巳尺尸囗田日門艮眉黑罒目 .
  • Groups within the Bottom category only include characters that begin with some variation of the Bottom 凵 shape:
    山豳屮出断发乚匕比
  • Each group contains characters that begin with the shape for that group or a shape that is closely related. As a result, to locate a character using this system you simply have to find the group that looks like the first element in your character. The search is made easier in that groups with similar shapes are in the same category.

    As an example, the character 驻 can be found in the 马 group which is part of the Right 乛 category.

    The character 赙 can be found in the 贝 group in the Cover ⺆ category.

    The character 针 can be found in the ⻐ group in the Slant 丿 category.