吾輩

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Jinmeiyō Grade: S

Alternative forms[edit]

我輩, 我が輩, 吾が輩

Pronoun[edit]

吾輩 (hiragana わがはい, romaji wagahai)

  1. I, me; we, us
    • 1905, Natsume Sōseki, 吾輩は猫である:
      吾輩 (わがはい) (ねこ)である。名前 (なまえ)はまだ ()い。
      Wagahai wa neko de aru. namae wa mada nai.
      I am a cat. As of yet, I have no name.

Usage notes[edit]

  • When this word is used today it's often a pun on the title of Natsume Sōseki's novel, and the usage follows the form 吾輩は[...]である. The closest widely used pronoun is .
  • This pronoun has a nuance of arrogance.

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