ずる賢い

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
かしこ > がしこ
Grade: S
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of 狡い (zurui, tricky, cunning, devious) +‎ 賢い (kashikoi, smart, clever, intelligent).[1][2][3][4] The kashikoi changes to gashikoi as an instance of rendaku (連濁).

The spelling ずる賢い is more common than 狡賢い, due to the character falling into disuse.

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Adjective[edit]

ずる賢い (-i inflection, hiragana ずるがしこい, rōmaji zurugashikoi)

  1. sly, cunning

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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 4-385-13905-9
  3. ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, ISBN 4-09-501211-0
  4. 4.0 4.1 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13143-0