ときめく

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Japanese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Compound of とき (toki) +‎ めく (meku, looking like, behaving like, becoming like, verb-forming suffix).[1][2][3] The derivation of the toki element is unclear. It might be cognate with the doki element in adverb どきどき (dokidoki, throbbingly, beatingly, poundingly) in reference to one's heart.

Verb[edit]

ときめく (tokimekuintransitive

  1. to be restless with emotion, to throb with anxiety
Conjugation[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Compound of (toki, time, in the sense of “one's time, one's moment”) +‎ めく (meku, looking like, behaving like, becoming like, verb-forming suffix).[1][2][3] Compare English every dog has its day.

Verb[edit]

ときめく (tokimekuintransitive

  1. 時めく: to prosper, to thrive, to be in full bloom; to be influential
Conjugation[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  2. 2.0 2.1 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN
  3. 3.0 3.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan