元気

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
げん
Grade: 2

Grade: 1
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

From Chinese yuán qì. Literally "source spirit", in Chinese cosmology represented the fundamental force that permiates through all matter and life. Early Japanese borrowed this word and meaning. Confused with homophonous genki (recovery from a disease) resulting in modern "healthy" sense.

Adjectival noun[edit]

元気 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 元氣, -na inflection, hiragana げんき, romaji genki)

  1. healthy
  2. energetic
  3. in a good mood

Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

元気 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 元氣, hiragana げんき, romaji genki)

  1. the fundamental force that permiates through all matter and life
  2. health, healthfulness
    元気 (げんき)になる
    genki ni naru
    to get well (recover from sickness)
    元気 (げんき)で!
    ogenki de!
    good luck (to you)!/Take care of yourself./Stay healthy.
    • to get well (recover from sickness)
  3. good spirits
  4. (personal) energy, enthusiasm
    元気 (げんき) ()
    genki o dasu
    to cheer up; to recover one's strength