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意味. The meaning of words or phrases within certain contexts, especially when it does not seem to match the standard definition.

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Meanings of 可愛くない

The main meaning of 可愛くない is of course "not cute", but I think I've heard/seen the word in other contexts, too. Is it possible for 可愛くない to be a kind of insult, like "loser" maybe? Especially when it'...
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What does うさ晴らしとばかりに mean in this context?

I have read some similar answers, which mostly point out とばかりに as meaning "as if to say", but I am having trouble understanding this meaning in this excerpt I have from a manga I'm trying to read: ...
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其之 what's the exact meaning of this?

I'm translating a comic and I found this kanji combination on the headers. It's like a counter for pages. 其之一 其之二 etc. その is the reading. I wanted to get more info about that but I didn't find ...
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How to understand 叶う here?

The following is copied verbatim from a JLPT prep book: 将棋歴30年のベテランに、初心者の私が叶うべくもない I read it as, A beginner as myself should be no match for a shougi veteran with 30 years of expertise. But I ...
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Seemingly redundant 帰る in 「今日、帰りに買って帰ります」

In my textbook is the following. あの店のパンはとてもおいしいとか。今日、帰りに買って帰ります。 From what I understand, 「帰りに買う」 means "to buy on the way back (home)". However, this seems to already imply that you are heading ...
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What does セレブ mean these days?

There appears to be some disagreement/confusion about the precise meaning of セレブ - some dictionaries claim that セレブ means the same thing as English "celebrity", while others claim that it just means "...
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What is different between 分かります and 分かりました。

What is different between 分かります and 分かりました。
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Can んだった and んじゃなかった be used like the past version of んだ and んじゃない?

I know that んだった and んじゃなかった can be used to say "Should have done" and "Shouldn't have done". I am wondering, however, if they can be used as a past version of んだ Take for example this conversation: ...
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Meaning of “お戯れを”?

Can someone tell me what "お戯れを" means? I came across this in a Japanese drama. I can't quite figure out if this is almost like a formal and polite request to make somebody stop 'kidding around' or if ...
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The etymology and meaning of Oss, Osu, Ossu

I am training at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy, and their use of the word "Oss" is ubiquitous. I have asked and also answered the question What is the etymology and meaning of Oss? in the Martial ...
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Is there a difference between 公開日 and 発売日?

Both seem to mean "release date", but I've heard that 公開日{こうかいび} is typically used to refer to movie release dates, and 発売日{はつばいび} to book release dates. Is this true, and are there any other ...
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Usage and meaning of [passive verb]-てみれば

I am familiar with the set phrase 「言われてみれば」 as a way to say "Now that you say that", but as I examine the phrase further, the phrase structure strikes me as strange. The 〜てみる conjugation is commonly ...
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Why 皮切り is labelled as a sensitive word in the dictionary?

When I studied Japanese this morning, I found this word 皮切り in my dictionary: Example sentence: それを皮切りとして欧州の詩や文学を多数紹介するようになりました。 Translation: With that as a start many European poems and much ...
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Why is ば in this sentence?

そんなトコで何ばしよる。 I'm reading a manga and from the context of the pictures I think this sentence reads, "What are you doing up there," but I have no idea what part ば plays. The character speaks in a ...
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Confused in choosing 早い versus 速い

In my understanding, 速い is used for motion and 早い represents "early". Which one is the correct one in this example? A: 授業がそろそろ始まるので、早く来てください。 B: 授業がそろそろ始まるので、速く来てください。
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What's the difference between 招待, 招く and 誘う?

I've stumbled upon these 3 words. I think meaning of 招待 is: invite (as in a formal invitation) The other two seem rather confusing to me, though.
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How is 発行 different from 刊行?

Also, how does 発刊 fit into all of this? Is it that 発行 can be used for magazines, newspapers and books while 刊行 can't be used for newspapers?
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Dictionary form of verb followed by に

I've recently begun noticing that occasionally I'll see a dictionary form of the verb followed by the particle に, for example: 1.)まだ学校へ行くには早い時間です。 It's still too early to go to school. I've been ...
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What does 'タメを作る' mean?

What does 'タメを作る' mean? What exactly is being 'made/created'? What is a 'タメ'(as I understand, is being used as a noun here)? I see the phrase frequently being used in the context of sport, such ...
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Understanding なんだか

If you look up なんだか in a dictionary it's translated as "for some reason" or "somehow" but sometimes it seems it's being used more in the sense of "kinda" or "somewhat". How exactly should I interpret ...
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Do 気が付く{つく} and 気[付く]{づく} have the same meaning?

If they both mean the same, is が optional?
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Usage of 引っかかる and double meaning

In *A Frequency Dictionary of Japanese: 彼はよく詐欺に引っかかる。 is translated as: He is often caught committing fraud. When reading that sentence I understood it as: He often falls for frauds (i.e: ...
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What does ちがいます。 mean?

I saw this translated in the first episode of FLCL as "It's wrong.", but checking the translation, I get "Different." Could someone clear this up?
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背中を押す Phrase Meaning

I encounter the phrase 「背中を押す」 in many Japanese songs, and I'm having the feeling that it is a phrase not having the obvious meaning of "to push one's back". What's the meaning of this phrase? ...
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What does オオヤマフグリ mean?

ウソついたら、オオヤマフグリのトゲ、百万本の~ましゅ! I know it's pinky swear - "If you lie, you'll swallow million thorns!" But what is オオヤマフグリ? Is it an imaginary thing, maybe 大山陰嚢, something like "high mountain pinecone"...
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Is it true that the word “Omar” means “baby toilet” in Japanese?

I know it sounds funny, but my name is Omar, and one of my friends said that my name means "toilet for babies" in Japanese. I wanted to check if this is correct, because Google Translate did not help ...
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What does これ以上 (kore ijou) mean?

The whole sentence reads これ以上 シャレてる時間はない which is from the lyrics of this anime song and, according to this website, means There's no more time to be fooling around I understand the first ...
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What could a phrase like アルコールはダメなんだ possibly mean?

The phrase アルコールはダメなんだ is from a manga I read, in which a guy responds to his friend when being asked if he wants a beer. He appears not to be into alcohol, even goes so far to say that "I don't like ...
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首都 (しゅと) and 都 (みやこ)

首都 {しゅと} and 都 {みやこ} what's the difference? thanks for your reply.
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いい versus よい? When do you use which?

What is the difference between いい and よい? I notice that usually, いい is most commonly used, but sometimes, I get it wrong and よい is the correct answer. What is the situation to use each and what is ...
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Why does the waiter use past tense here

When I was trying to order a set meal in the restaurant, the waiter said Aランチのほうでよろしかったでしょうか I am not sure why the past tense よろしかった is used here, I personally would say Aランチのほうでよろしいでしょうか I ...
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Meaning of に in 本当に

In the sentence これは[本当]{ほんと}に[高]{たか}いです, meaning "This is really expensive", I'm having trouble understanding the meaning of に, which usually has some connotation of "to", "on", or "at". This is a ...
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新しい古いうち. What does this mean?

There's new, old and home?? in it. But I've seen multiple translations. If anyone could help it'd be appreciated.
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What does ひと匙 mean in this manga and has it been used colloquially?

I’m reading this manga and I came across this scene that the character is describing the new member of the school team that 音駒【ねこま】にあとひと匙【さじ】 欲しかった決定力になり得る存在 *Note: 音駒 is the highschool name. For ...
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What does 花つ月 mean?

緋【あか】色【いろ】の花【はな】つ月【づき】 I'm trying to figure out the meaning for this part of kanji in a title for a series. The red flower month? The red flower moon? The month of blossoming red flowers? I'm totally ...
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想い vs. 思い - Do Both Mean Feeling?

Do both 思い and 想い mean "feeling", and if they do are they used interchangeably? If not, what is their difference in meaning?
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What do ー, 「, and 」 mean? [duplicate]

I’m a bit new to Japanese and I’m a little confused about what they are used for.
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meanings of 曖昧{あいまい} between Japanese and Chinese

曖昧{あいまい} is a shared term between Japanese and Chinese. As far as I know, they can both mean vague, ambiguous, obscure, or something that cannot be published into light. But there's another meaning ...
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Aspects in stylistics/meaning of 東雲

Does the word 東雲 shinonome have some stylistic pecularities? What's the difference between this word and others with the same meaning "daybreak; dawn"?
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Does 「えらい 」also mean “terrible”?

For over a decade of speaking (poorly) and listening to Japanese, it seems to me that I have almost exclusively heard the word えらい in the sense of meaning "admirable". For example, I'd mention ...
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What difference is there between ディスカウント and バーゲン?

What difference is there between ディスカウント and バーゲン? In English, the verb "Discount" is commonly used when talking about a corporate store deciding without any negotiation with the buyer to reduce the ...
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What's the difference between 舟 and 船?

They both mean "ship/boat". Are they completely interchangeable? Do they signify boats of different sizes or uses (people, cargo, etc.)? Is only 船 used in compounds to describe metaphorical "boats" ...
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Cohortative ましょう with and without the auxiliary construction ~てみる

In "何かしてみましょう。" meaning "Let's try/do something.", what is the literal translation of "してみましょう"? I've got "して" means "doing" and "みましょう" means "let's watch or let's?". How is "してみましょう" different ...
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Trying to understand what does 見え mean in this short sentence

I'm new to japanese and I'm having a hard time trying to figure what "彼女のいう天使に見え" means. I don't know if the correct interpretation is either "She looked like an angel" or "She saw an angel". I'm ...
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What does 直撃 mean in relation to an interview?

I'm currently translating this interview of a Japanese actor. 直撃 was used for 猪野君に直撃 and 今回は“二択”で本音を直撃! According to Jisho, it means a "direct hit". The word seems to be associated with ...
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Meaning of 足のつかない?

I wasn't able to find any matches through dictionaries for 足のつかない or 足がつかない. Here is the sentence: 消えても足のつかない人間をさらっては上の集団に引き渡すらしい The context is thugs kidnapping people for money. I don't ...
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Why does 屋根 means roof and 天井 means ceiling? Shouldn't it be the contrary?

I was learning these words with my kanji list, and I thought that I made a mistake and switched their meanings, but after checking the dictionary again I realized that actually their definition are ...
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What is the difference between それでいい and それがいい here?

As I understand it, それでいい means 'it is fine like this' and それがいい means 'this is fine', but what is the protagonist trying to convey here by first using それでいい and then correcting himself to それがいい? ...
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Difference between words that describe the idea of neighborhood/being close to something

Can somebody describe the difference between these words(physical distance and maybe politeness of these words, or any aspects that you think are important to understand these). Can all these words ...
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What is だって when it's at the beginning of a sentence?

I have read several definitions of だって but none of them seem to make sense when I see it at the beginning of a sentence and I read the context. I saw one example Japanese sentence and in the English ...