明かん

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2

Etymology[edit]

A contraction from the idiom 埒が明かぬ (rachi ga akanu, get up to speed, get off the ground). akanu is an archaic negative form of the verb 明く (aku, to open, to open up).

Idiom[edit]

明かん (hiragana あかん, romaji akan)

  1. (Kansai) to make little progress; a waste of time
  2. (Kansai) something that is not good, something that is forbidden

Usage notes[edit]

Commonly used in western dialects especially the Kansai dialects.

Synonyms[edit]