あたい

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Japanese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Sound shift from earlier /wataɕi/, which shifted to /ataɕi/, and then to /atai/.[3][4][5]

Pronoun[edit]

あたい (rōmaji 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.
    • 2008, bit (lyrics), “⑨destiny ~ ずっとチルノのターン”, in Rebirth, performed by Silver Forest:
      まるきゅ~って ()わないで アタイ最強 (さいきょう)だも~ん
      Marukyu~ tte iwanaide / Atai wa saikyō da mo~n
      Don't call me / Because I'm the strongest
  2. (Kagoshima, dialectal) I, me

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

あたい (rōmaji 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
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  3. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  4. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  5. ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN