12 strokes (also 11)
walk 辵 (辶, ⻌, ⻍)
slow, late, back, later
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
833 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 遅刻 【チコク】 lateness, tardiness, arriving late
  • 遅延 【チエン】 delay, latency
  • 棲遅 【セイチ】 living in tranquility, retiring to the countryside, retirement house
  • 巧遅 【コウチ】 elaborate but slow execution, polished but slow work

Kun reading compounds

  • 遅れる 【おくれる】 to be late, to be delayed, to fall behind schedule, to be overdue, to fall behind (in a race, one's studies, etc.), to lag behind, to be behind (the times), to be bereaved of, to be preceded by (someone) in death, to be slow (of a clock or watch)
  • 遅らす 【おくらす】 to delay, to postpone, to slow down, to retard
  • 遅い 【おそい】 slow, time-consuming, sluggish, late (in the day), towards the end (of the day or night), until a time far into the day or night, later (than expected or usual), late, behind schedule, behind time, tardy, overdue, unpunctual, too late, having missed the boat, dull, stupid


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • despacio
  • tarde
  • llegar tarde
  • retrasar
  • retrasado


  • atrasado
  • lento
  • costas
  • mais tarde


  • retard
  • lent
  • précédent
  • plus tard
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