6 strokes
lack, yawn
next, order, sequence
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
222 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 次 【ジ】 next, hypo- (i.e. containing an element with low valence), order, sequence, time, times
  • 次回 【ジカイ】 next time (occasion)
  • 目次 【モクジ】 table of contents, contents
  • 数次 【スウジ】 several times
  • 次第 【シダイ】 depending on, as soon as, immediately after, upon, as (e.g. "as one is told", "as one wishes"), whatever (e.g. "whatever is at hand"), order, program, programme, precedence, circumstances, course of events, state of things, reason
  • 次第に 【シダイニ】 gradually (progress into a state), in sequence, in order, in turn
  • 路次 【ロジ】 way, path, route, along the way, along the road

Kun reading compounds

  • 次ぐ 【つぐ】 to follow, to come after, to come next (to), to rank next (to), to rank second (to)
  • 次ぐ身 【つぐみ】 next in line, heir
  • 次 【つぎ】 next, following, subsequent, stage, station
  • 次々 【つぎつぎ】 in succession, one by one
  • 五十三次 【ごじゅうさんつぎ】 fifty-three stations on the Tōkaidō (Edo-Kyoto highway in Edo-period Japan)
  • 中継ぎ 【なかつぎ】 joining, joint, intermediation, acting as an intermediary, relaying, taking over, middle relief pitcher, middle reliever, pole-shaped item with a join in the middle, tea container with a lid that is the same size as the body


Japanese names:
き、 すき、 つぐ、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • siguiente
  • seguir


  • próximo
  • pedido
  • seqüência


  • suivant
  • ordre
  • successivement
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292 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
235 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
638 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
239 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
648 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
226 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
384 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
385 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
660 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1120 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
58 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
38 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
39 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
482 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
15992P Morohashi
54 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2929 New Nelson (John Haig)
471 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
510 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
150 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
268 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
362 2001 Kanji
2b4.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-4 SKIP code
3718.2 Four corner code
1-28-01 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6b21 Unicode hex code