腹が減る

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
はら
Grade: 6

Grade: 5
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Phrase composed of (hara, belly, stomach) +‎ (ga, subject particle) +‎ 減る (heru, decreases, shrinks).

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腹が減る (godan conjugation, hiragana はらがへる, romaji hara ga heru)

  1. (idiomatic) to get hungry
    • 1905, Natsume Sōseki, 吾輩は猫である:
       (はら)非常 (ひじょう) ()って ()た。
      hara ga hijō ni hette kita.
      I started to get extremely hungry.

Usage notes[edit]

The phrase hara ga heru is generally considered somewhat more informal than the synonymous phrase 御中 (おなか) () (onaka ga suku). When in mixed company, the polite perfective form onaka ga sukimashita may be heard more often.

This phenomenon may be somewhat similar to the convention in some English-speaking communities of avoiding direct discussion of body parts. The term hara means “belly, stomach”, whereas the term onaka refers more indirectly to one's “insides”.

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