怖い

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: S

Etymology[edit]

According to Ehon Hyaku Monogatari, this word is from 狐者異 (こわい), which means the ghost of a glutton.

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怖い (-i inflection, hiragana こわい, romaji kowai)

  1. frightening, scary
    幽霊 (ゆうれい) (こわ)い。
    yūrei wa kowai.
    Ghosts are frightening.
  2. frightened, afraid
     (わたし) (こわ)い。
    watashi wa kowai.
    I'm frightened.

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