やくざ

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally 8-9-3. From a three-card gambling game in which one is dealt a ya (8), ku (9), and sa (3), the worst hand.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjectival noun[edit]

やくざ (-na inflection, romaji yakuza)

  1. worthless, useless

Noun[edit]

やくざ (romaji yakuza)

  1. something that is worthless or useless
  2. a Japanese organized crime gang or a member of it; yakuza