According to the dictionary on my MacBook Pro, ありあまる means "be [have*] more than enough". I was thinking about the song by ゲスの極み乙女:ロマンスがありあまる when I first heard the word/expression.

The question boils down to if I can use ありあまる as a positive expression

ロマンスがありあまる I have lots of romance, and that is a good thing

or a negative expression

ロマンスがありあまる I am fed of with romance, and that is a bad thing

Or maybe it is context dependent?
The dictionary also provides me with two examples

▸ 精力が有り余っている have too much [an excess of] energy.

▸ 彼には有り余るほどの金がある He has more money than he can spend.

But I still do not know if they are meant as negative or positive.


I don't think the English expressions, "too many," "too much," and "more than he can spend", are negative, grammatically. I believe that they are affirmative expressions.

However, I agree that they would mean something that has a bad connotation.In other words, a negative connotation. And I believe that you're asking about this point. In that case, I'd say, "It depends on the context."

A "精力がありあまっている" guy may have a lot of girlfriends and tend to have immoral love affairs. So I think it would mean something bad, when I think of the moral.


In this sentence, however, the writer apparently envies him. So they probably think that it's a good thing for him or for them.


In this case, I envy him, and I personally don't think it's bad thing to be rich for him.

In short, it depends on the context and you cannot decide which grammatically.

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