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
    • 元気になる
      げんきになる
      genki ni naru
      to get well (recover from sickness)
  3. good spirits
  4. (personal) energy, enthusiasm
    • 元気を出す
      げんきをだす
      genki o dasu
      to cheer up; to recover one's strength