大変

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
たい
Grade: 1
へん
Grade: 4
on'yomi

Adjectival noun[edit]

大変 (-na inflection, hiragana たいへん, romaji taihen)

  1. difficult, hard
    それは大変 (たいへん)ですね。
    sore wa taihen desu ne.
    I'm sorry. That's tough.
  2. terrible
  3. serious, grave

Usage notes[edit]

The sense of "difficult" is commonly used in conversation to empathize with someone else's troubles.

Inflection[edit]

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Adverb[edit]

大変 (hiragana たいへん, romaji taihen)

  1. very, greatly
    • 1906, Natsume Sōseki, Botchan:
       (なん)だか大変 (たいへん) (ちい)さく ()えた。
      nandaka taihen chīsaku mieta.
      She looked very small.

Noun[edit]

大変 (hiragana たいへん, romaji taihen)

  1. disaster
  2. difficulty
  3. dreadfulness