臭い

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: S

Adjective[edit]

臭い (-i inflection, hiragana くさい, romaji kusai)

  1. stinking, smelly, pungent; giving off a bad smell
  2. suspicious, fishy; arousing suspicion

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Noun[edit]

臭い (hiragana におい, romaji nioi)

  1. odor, scent, smell, whiff, stench
  2. aura
  3. sense
  4. flavor
  5. smacks of

Usage notes[edit]

  • More often written as 匂い.

Suffix[edit]

臭い (hiragana くさい, romaji -kusai)

  1. smells like; reeks of
  2. (negatively) very much like; conceptually similar to
    ジジ (くさ)
    jiji-kusai
    like an old man
  3. (with a quasi-adjective stem) an intensifier
    面倒 (めんどう) (くさ)
    mendō-kusai
    a hassle

Usage notes[edit]

Forms an adjective.