Here is the sentence including the word.

世をすねぐれて 十五年 孤児院ぐらしは身につかず

Is it a combination of 2 verbs between 「すねる」and 「ぐれる」?

I understand that 2 verbs can be combined with て-form of the first one.

Extra question: Why is it not 「暮{く}らし」instead of「ぐらし」?


Almost certainly it's from すねる + ぐれる. Because there is no in-between て, すねぐれる sounds like it's an established compound verb (such as 飛び起きる, こぼれ落ちる, 遊び呆ける), but I haven't seen this combination before.

From what I could google, it probably is a rare dialect word used in the eastern part of Japan.

This page lists すねぐれる as an 茨城弁 term.


There are a very few actual occurrences of すねぐれる/拗ねぐれる in some sites, for example:

And there are at least three native speakers who wondered what すねぐれる means, just like you.

  • http://alfirin.jugem.jp/?eid=381


  • http://fujoshina.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2007/01/__0f3d.html


  • http://s.webry.info/sp/39cat.at.webry.info/200909/article_2.html

    「出発前に、金太郎は「すねぐれ」ておりました・・・どうぞよろしくお願いします」とあり 「すねぐれ?」なんて可愛いネーミング!久々に私の中でヒットしました。

As for your extra question, it's a simple result of 連濁 phenomenon. ~ぐらし is relatively common (eg, その日暮らし, 一人暮らし).

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.