あたい

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Japanese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Alteration from watashi.[2][3][4]

From an earlier /wataɕi/, which shifted to /ataɕi/, and thence to /atai/.

Pronoun[edit]

あたい (romaji atai)

  1. first-person pronoun: “I”, “me
    Considered quite effeminate. Use is generally limited to girls and young women of the Shitamachi area of Tokyo, or to workers of the red light district.

Etymology 2[edit]

Readings of various kanji terms. See the individual entries for details.

Noun[edit]

あたい (romaji atai)

  1. , : value, merit
  2. : in ancient Japan, a kind of title granted to powerful regional clans

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3
  2. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  3. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  4. ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, ISBN 4-09-501211-0