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Questions tagged [words]

言葉. Any question that does not deal specifically with grammar or pronunciation. Includes questions about prefixes, suffixes, compound words, loanwords, dialectal differences, pragmatic usage, etc. In other words, phenomena that occurs at the level of the word.

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What does 微温い mean in this context?

I read a line in a book where the speaker is berating another party. 悪く言われてるのは、誰のせいだと思ってやがる。お前が微温いこと言ってるからだろうが I can't figure out the appropriate way to parse this without understanding the ...
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What is the Japanese phrase for “art of the horse”?

Does bajutsu 馬術 refer to the use of weapons on horseback, or less specifically the art of the horse riding and horsemanship? I'm trying to work out if bajutsu is the horse equivalent to kyūjutsu 弓術, ...
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How to split “をしていたとされ” to correct words? I try to split to words and query in dictionary but get nothing result

I tried to split and query をしていたとされ in https://tangorin.com/ but get nothing result. 日本軍占領下の江蘇省で日本の特務機関ジェスフィールド76号に協力をしていたとされ https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%B1%9F%E6%B2%A2%E6%B0%91
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Difference between 学生・生徒・児童

As the title says^^ I think 生徒 is for elementary school, what about the other two?
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What's the difference between 解く【とく】and 解く【ほどく】?

From what I infer from searching online, 解く【とく】refers to "untying" or solving abstract concepts such as math problems. 解く【ほどく】, on the other hand, relates to untying physical objects like one's ...
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What is the correct reading of 士?

What is the correct reading for the word 士 in the context of this phrase, "有能の士". I found online that 士 can have both the 音読み reading of し and the 訓読み reading of さむらい. However, as 士 is a word that is ...
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How is 修業 different than 練習 or 訓練?

In my understanding from this post, 訓練 is a training you do when you start learning something, vs. 練習 which you do to improve continuously. How does 修業 compare to these? I think they're all translated ...
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What is the difference between ぶらつく and ふらつく?

Looking at the デジタル大辞泉 definition for ふらつく, it gives as a synonym ぶらつく. They seem very related, but is there any usage difference between them perhaps due to differing etymology?
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What is 管理しきれず?

Sentence where the form appears: 「アメリカの方はモノが多く、それが管理しきれずいっぱいいっぱいになっている状況があります。 For full context: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20190314/k10011847731000.html?utm_int=news_contents_tokushu_004 ...
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建国記念の日 but 憲法記念日

建国記念の日 BUT 憲法記念日 In the names of almost all Japanese national holidays we can see  の日 (成人の日、春分の日、昭和の日, etc.). Why is 憲法記念日 different?
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What is the meaning of まっちろけ?

For example, まっちろけなお弁当になっちゃった。 (context: it's lunch) or どれも、なんかまっちろけでさ。 (context: scene of an accident) Does it have something to do with 真っ白, masshiro? I think it may be some sort of obscure ...
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What does さっさ mean?

What does さっさ mean? おやこうこう ひやさっさ、よいさっさ、 I can't find a definition.
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How to say “Play along”?

I wanted to say something like: He was trying to deceive me, but to see how far he would go with that, I played along. My attempt: 彼は僕を騙そうとしていたけど、どこまでやるつもりかわかるために、騙されていたようなふりをし続いた。 I have two ...
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Meaning of 女{め}型{がた} or 雌{め}型{がた}

I am currently watching Attack on Titan. Randomly, I would look up words that I hear just to know if I heard it right and if my guess is right (obviously I watch with subs). Now, to refer to the ...
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What's the word regularly used to describe “working from home”?

I've seen a few words in a cursory search: [在宅勤務]{ざいたくきんむ} テレワーク [在宅]{ざいたく}ワーク but I'm interested in the situation where your usual place of work requires commuting, but you are temporarily working ...
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のに (noni) versus けど (kedo) to mean “but, although" etc

So guys I searched about this difference and didn't find a conclusive answer. What is the difference or is there any difference at all like this: この部屋はいつもきれいなのに今日はちらかっている。 Although this room is ...
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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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What does なんて mean in these sentences?

Once again I have some examples from a Death Note episode [10]. The main character says: しかしおどろいたよ流河{りゅうが}。親睦{しんぼく}を深{ふか}める為{ため}に、突然{とつぜん}テニスなんて。[Note, Ryuuga is a character's name, the one he's ...
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Problem with sentence ぶった!この子ぶった! [duplicate]

What does ぶった mean in this context? I can't find the word in any dictionary.
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What does 水をこざく mean?

I was reading something and saw the following lines spoken by an old male artist: 船が、水の下の者どもに気を配っていて大海原を往けるだろうか? 芸術も、人生も、しょせん水もの… 水をこざいて浮き上がった者だけが勝つのだ! Someone else then responds: ...
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Meaning of すきっとした

白い十字架がたって、それはもう凍った北極の雲で鋳たといったらいいか、すきっとした金いろの円光をいただいて. From 銀河鉄道の夜. What is exactly the meaning of すきっとした. Also what is いったらいいか? Maybe らしい?
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Are 清酒{せいしゅ} and 日本酒{にほんしゅ} two words for the same thing?

As well as the several other kinds of Japanese alcoholic drinks I seem to have found two words which both mean the drink known in the west as "saké". Now I know 酒{さけ} can be used for many kinds of ...
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Is からすると contraction of から判断すると?

Is からすると contraction of から判断すると?
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How do I say ''Idle animation'' in Japanese?

I want to know how to say the term ''idle animation'' in Japanese. It's what a character from a videogame does when standing still for too long. Ex: Sonic. I have seen people in twitter use ''...
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What is the name of the service called to drive one's car home after drinking?

Someone else drives the car for the person who has been drinking. I spelled the word "daiko" but came up with radish.
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Meaning of 生命線を守る in the following sentence

Context: a boxing champion is arm-wrestling against another boxer. The champion is on the verge of losing, but he still doesn't give up, so the other boxer thinks: このチャンピオン君 ちぎれそうでちぎれへん ...
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Confused about the meaning of these nicknames

I was reading manga the other day and came across these nicknames that I can't make sense of. The context is as follows: Some mischievous students in a certain high school are bragging about their ...
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Describe a span of time of 1 or 2 years, without being too literal

I'm looking for a word like "sometime ago", "a while ago", that is good for describing a 1-2 years span of time. I feel like しばらく前 is for shorter spans of time, and 昔 is for longer ones. Is there ...
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What is the grammar of “ごく” in “ごくかすか” mean?

"かすか" means "faint". "ごくかすか" mens "very faint". What part of speech is "ごく"? An inflection of "ごい"? What might either mean?
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How many distinct kanjis or words are there in a typical modern Japanese book?

By "typical modern book " I means: It's modern book and hardly use ancient languages or any topolects. It's something like a famous novel(not short story) or book with high reputation. It's a normal ...
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The kanji for “YOMI”: Word For “Reading the Mind of Your Opponent” [closed]

"Yomi" is a Japanese concept used by game theorists and high-level, fighting game players. I came across it in February 2019 in a novel and it is quite hard to find information about it online. All I ...
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Which part is the tail in 人参{にんじん}の尻尾{しっぽ}

What is meant by a "carrot tail"? 人参{にんじん}の尻尾{しっぽ} Is it the green part or the orange part? A google image search does not really help, since "carrot" comes up in every one, but no picture I have ...
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Multiple words with same definition

I am seeing pairs of words with similar meanings (where one of the words has a single kanji and the other has two kanji). Examples include: 豊か、豊富 保つ、保存する 防ぐ、予防する Do these pair of words share the ...
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「横断する」と「横切る」の違い

Could you explain the difference between 通りを横断する and 道路を横切る?
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Translating あくまで一応ですけどね

Translators say: あくまで means: doggedly、insistently、persistently、stubbornly、to the bitter end、to the end、to the last、to the utmost 一応 means: tentatively、for the time being、in outline、just in case、once、...
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What does the word 「ぶったてる」mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. このドヤがいの西{にし}のはずれにりっぱな総{そう}合{ごう}病{びょう}院{いん}をぶったてること!
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What is the difference between 「どんぶり」and「ちゃわん」

I understand both are some kind of bowl but I would appreciate if someone could explain about the uses for each one. Can a "ちゃわん" be used for cooked rice? Can a "どんぶり" be used for ramen?
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What is the meaning of 「ほおかむり」?

My daughter is in first grade at a public elementary school in Japan. In some homework yesterday, there was the appearance of the word ほおかむり. My Japanese isn't great as a non-native and she didn't ...
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Difference between 泊まる and 留まる [duplicate]

I'm just studying Japanese, and i know that 泊まる is like you Staying a night like hotel / some place that temporary , but i just found 留まる is also meaning stay/staying too in Basic Kanji book , but i ...
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どれ as an attribute

I found this sentence and I wonder whether I understand it correctly: どれ腹の傷をおみせ、薬草をぬってあげよう。 The どれ there looks to me like “whichever” or “all”, so I’d get the sentence as “Let me look at all the ...
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Is 訴え連日通い a single word? If not, why no particles in between?

I'm reading イン. ザ. プール, where I found the following clause in one of its lines: 身体の不調を訴え連日通いつめる和雄 I roughly translated it to "Kazuo who strictly complains about his bad health on a daily basis." ...
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What is a grammatical terminology to describe the group of the refrain of two syllable words like pera-pera, don-don, iki-iki?

Japanese language have a special group of words which repeat mostly two syllable word like pera pera, para para, jito jito, suku suku, aka aka, zuki zuki – you can name it, that are used adverbially. ...
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Is there any difference between 速さand 速度?

From what I understood, both 速さ{はやさ} and 速度{そくど} means "speed". Some say that they are synonyms (just like speed and velocity in English), but I guess there is a nuance between them, isn't it ? 速さ{...
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What are the origins of the words ぐう、ちょき、ぱあ in the context of じゃんけん?

Self explanatory. I've read that they stand for rock, paper and scissors, but I can't find any ultimate origin of why these terms are what they are. Thanks!
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彼は瞳をキラキラさせながら言った。

I think that it is "He said with shining eyes", but what a word "させ"? Why "させ+ながら"? Why not "しながら"?
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What's the difference between 運用 and 操作?

As i am learning Japanese,there are many words which have same meaning but still different usage,links to understand these differences would be appreciated.thanks!
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Do 最愛の人 and ダーリン mean the same thing?

I looked up for the word "darling" and got two different answers and I just want to know if they both mean the same thing.
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Difference between 禁 and 禁止 (and 禁じる/禁止する)

Both nouns mean 'ban, prohibition​' and both verbs 'forbid'. I expect that in set combinations, such as 禁煙 for 'no smoking', there is only one correct possibility. But, otherwise, what's the ...
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What's the exact meaning of とする in this sentence?

I'm trying to understand the construction もうろうとしてる in this line from Mob Psycho 100 Episode 12: もうろうとしてるようだけど。 It's translated as "he looks like he's about to pass out"。 I found a usage of ...
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How to say “Hybrid” in Japanese. Or is there a word for it? [closed]

Is there a word for "hybrid" in Japanese? Hybrid as in for animals or any and all Japanese words for cross species animals or two animals joined together. Preferable if all words for such is given ...