おとこ

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

/woto2ko1/: *[wotəko] → [wotoko] → [otoko]. Cognate with the verb おつ ‎(otsu, to become young) with ‎(ko) as a male suffix. Contrasts with 乙女 ‎(woto2me), the female version.

Noun[edit]

おとこ ‎(romaji otoko, historical hiragana をとこ)

  1. : man; male person.

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