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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai ZE.svg
U+305C, ぜ
HIRAGANA LETTER ZE
Composition: [U+305B] + ◌゙ [U+3099]

[U+305B]
Hiragana
[U+305D]
See also: , , and

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
5 strokes

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

The hiragana character (se) with a dakuten ().

Syllable[edit]

(romaji ze)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ze). Its equivalent in katakana is (ze).
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Appears in the Edo Period as alteration from older zoe, itself likely rendaku (連濁) applied to the stem soe of verb 添える, 副える (soeru, to add or attach to something else). See also そえに (soe ni, what's more, furthermore, in addition), さえ (sae, also).

Particle[edit]

(rōmaji ze)

  1. (colloquial) sentence-ending particle signifying emphasis
Usage notes[edit]

Similar to (zo), is mostly used by males. Unlike , is never considered polite, and is considered somewhat more forceful and rougher or informal than .

Etymology 3[edit]

Reading of various kanji.

Noun[edit]

(rōmaji ze)

  1. : approval, agreement

Suffix[edit]

(rōmaji -ze)

  1. : (honorific) suffix attached to certain nouns referring to people