貪る

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
むさぼ(る)
Grade: S
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of むさ (musa, greed, covetousness, wantonness, not used in isolation; the same musa found in むさい (musai, greedy, covetous, wanton; dirty, impure, mean) and むさと (musa to, greedily, wantonly, carelessly)) +‎ 欲る (horu, to want, to desire, obsolete in modern Japanese, only appearing in compounds).[1] The horu changes to boru due to rendaku (連濁).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

貪る (godan conjugation, hiragana むさぼる, romaji musaboru)

  1. be greedy; crave
  2. covet
  3. indulge
     (かれ)は、講義 (こうぎ)合間 (あいま)大好 (だいす)きな小説 (しょうせつ) (むさぼ) ()んでいた。
    kare wa, kōgi no aima ni daisuki na shōsetsu o musabori yondeita.
    He was hungrily reading a favorite novel between the lectures.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9