13 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
slippery, slide, slip, fail exam
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1238 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 滑落 【カツラク】 sliding down (a slope, mountainside), slipping down
  • 滑液 【カツエキ】 synovial fluid
  • 平滑 【ヘイカツ】 smooth, even, level, flat
  • 粘滑 【ネンカツ】 mucilaginous, demulcent

Kun reading compounds

  • 滑る 【すべる】 to slide, to glide, to skate, to ski, to slip, to skid, to be slippery, to fail (an examination), to lose (a position), to be demoted, to bomb (when telling a joke), to fall flat
  • 滑らか 【なめらか】 smooth (of a surface), glassy, velvety, soft, smooth (of an action, proceedings, etc.), fluent (speech), fluid, trouble-free, continuously differentiable


Japanese names:
かり、 なめり
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
hua2, gu3
hwal, gol


  • deslizar
  • resbalar
  • deslizarse
  • resbalarse
  • suavidad


  • Escorregadio
  • deslizar
  • escorregar
  • falhar


  • glisser
  • glissant
  • rater
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1-3-10 SKIP code
3712.7 Four corner code
1-19-74 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6ed1 Unicode hex code