ちょっと

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Japanese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ちっと (chitto), itself a geminated emphatic form of Old Japanese ちと (chito), originally composed of (chi, small, not used in isolation; cognate with the chi in 小さい chīsai) + (to, adverbial particle).[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ちょっと (rōmaji chotto)

  1. slightly, a little, a bit, somewhat
  2. an indirect expression of refusal

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used to say that something is inconvenient for you when being invited to do something.

Synonyms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ちょっと (rōmaji chotto)

  1. hey, excuse me

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 2.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9