何か

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2

Etymology[edit]

From (nani, meaning "what") + (ka).

Noun[edit]

何か (hiragana なにか, romaji nanika)

  1. something
    何かちょうだい。
    なにかちょうだい。
    Nanika chōdai.
    Give me something.
    彼、私のこと何か言ってました
    かれ、わたしのことなにかいってました
    Kare, watashi no koto nanika ittemashita?
    Did he say anything about me?

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often written with hiragana (なにか) instead of with kanji (何か).
  • Also pronounced and spelled as なんか (nanka) which is an informal and casual version, often used between friends and those of equal status.