勿体無い

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Jinmeiyō Grade: 2 Grade: 4
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Adjective[edit]

勿体無い (-i inflection, hiragana もったいない, romaji mottainai)

  1. unworthy of (something); wasteful; sacrilegious

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually written in kana only
  • Often used as an interjection, meaning roughly “Oh, what a waste!”

Inflection[edit]