しょうがない

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contraction of 仕様(しよう)がない (shiyō ga nai, literally there is no way).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ɕo̞ːɡa̠na̠i]

Adjective[edit]

しょうがない (shōganai (historical kana しやうがない)

  1. (of a task or probability) of no use, impossible; hopeless, doomed, screwed
    今回(こんかい)はあきらめな。しょうがないよ。
    Konkai wa akiramena. Shōganai yo.
    Give up on this one. It's no use.
  2. (of an event) unavoidable, inevitable
    (おとこ)()のいたずらはしょうがない
    Otoko no ko no itazura wa shōganai.
    The mischief of boys is unavoidable. / Boys will be boys.
  3. (of a person) impossible or difficult (to deal with)
    あの()しょうがない()だ。
    Ano ko wa shōganai ko da.
    That kid's an impossible one.
  4. too, simply, so; impossibly, overwhelmingly
    今日(きょう)(さむ)くてしょうがない
    Kyō wa samukute shōganai.
    It's just too cold today.
    ぼくは今日(きょう)馬鹿(ばか)(かんが)えばかり()かんでしょうがない
    Boku wa kyō wa baka na kangae bakari ukande shōganai.
    I am so full of foolish ideas today.

Phrase[edit]

しょうがない (shōganai

  1. it can't be helped
  2. that's life

Synonyms[edit]