あんた

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See also: あんだ

Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contraction of あなた (anata, you, second-person singular pronoun),[1][2] similar to あんちゃん (an-chan) from 兄ちゃん (ani-chan), もん (mon) from (mono) or (n) from (no).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

あんた (katakana アンタ, rōmaji anta)

  1. (informal, women's speech) Alternative form of あなた (you) (second-person singular pronoun)
    • 2012 May 4, “ざんぎゃくさのしょう [Triumph of Cruelty]”, in アヴァシンの帰還 [Avacyn’s Return] (in Japanese), Wizards of the Coast:
      あんたより () () (いし) (たい)はたくさん ()てきたわよ、 (じゅう) () (どう) ()さん。
      Anta yori kawaii shitai wa takusan mitekita wa yo, jūmadōshi-san.
      I’ve seen corpses prettier than you, beastmage.
    • 2003 October 10, Ai Maeda as young O-Ren Ishii, Kill Bill: Volume 1 (in English and Japanese), written by Quentin Tarantino, Miramax Films:
       (まつ) (もと)……あたしを ()て……あたしの (かお)をよおく ()て……あたしの () ()て……あたしの (くち) ()て…… () (おぼ)えないかい?……あんた (ころ)した (だれ)かに…… ()てないかい!
      Matsumoto…… Atashi o mite…… Atashi no kao o yōku mite…… Atashi no me o mite…… Atashi no kuchi o mite…… Mioboe nai kai? …… Anta ga koroshita dare ka ni…… nite nai kai!
      Matsumoto…… Look at me…… Look closely at my face…… My eyes…… My mouth…… Don’t I look familiar?…… Like someone…… you murdered!

Usage notes[edit]

  • This is an example of a word that can be spelled with katakana to convey an informal conversational tone, as アンタ.
  • Compared to the standard form anata, the contracted form anta may be used to express either contempt, or affection, depending on tone and context.
  • Generally used more by women.

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN