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

  1. to be greedy for something, to crave something
  2. to covet something
  3. (in compound verbs) to do something greedily or hungrily
     (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 yonde ita.
    He was hungrily reading a favorite novel between the lectures.

Conjugation[edit]

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