6 strokes
sun, day
early, fast
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N4
402 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 早急 【ソウキュウ】 immediate, prompt, quick, rapid, urgent, pressing
  • 早期 【ソウキ】 early stage
  • 時期早々 【ジキソウソウ】 premature
  • 尚早 【ショウソウ】 prematurity
  • 早急 【ソウキュウ】 immediate, prompt, quick, rapid, urgent, pressing
  • 早速 【サッソク】 at once, immediately, without delay, promptly

Kun reading compounds

  • 早い 【はやい】 fast, quick, rapid, swift, speedy, brisk, prompt, early, soon, earlier than usual, premature, too soon, too early, easy, simple, quick, fast, as soon as ..., the moment ..., the instant ...
  • 早いこと 【はやいこと】 quickly
  • 早 【はや】 already, now, by this time, quick, early, fast, rapid
  • 甲矢 【はや】 arrow with feathers that curve to the left (the first of two arrows to be fired)
  • 早々 【はやはや】 quickly
  • なる早 【なるはや】 as soon as possible, ASAP
  • 早まる 【はやまる】 to be brought forward (e.g. by three hours), to be moved up, to be advanced, to be hasty, to be rash, to quicken, to speed up, to gather speed
  • 早める 【はやめる】 to bring forward (e.g. by 3 hours), to advance, to hasten (e.g. one's death), to expedite, to precipitate, to quicken (e.g. one's step), to speed up, to accelerate


Japanese names:
さか、 さわ、 そ、 わ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • temprano
  • rápido
  • pronto
  • apresurarse
  • precipitarse
  • acelerar


  • cedo
  • rápido


  • tôt
  • rapide
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2419 New Nelson (John Haig)
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409 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
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