なんぼ

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Japanese[edit]

Alternative spelling
何ぼ

Etymology[edit]

Either a shift from from 何ぼう (nanbō), in turn a shift from 何程 (nani hodo, what degree, what extent),[1][2] or a shift directly from 何程 (nani hodo, what degree, what extent).[3][4]

First attested in a text from 1518.[3]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

なんぼ (nanbo

  1. [from 1518] (Kansai, Hokkaidō, Tōhoku) how much; how many (quantity or cost)
    Synonyms: いくら, いくつ
    そっちは(なん)
    Sotchi wa nanbo?
    How much is that one?
    なんぼあっても()
    nanbo atte mo ii
    however much (many) is fine
  2. [from 1686] (Kansai, Hokkaidō, Tōhoku) no matter how
  3. (Kansai, Hokkaidō, Tōhoku) how old
    Synonyms: 何歳, いくつ
    長女(ちょうじょ)(いま)(なん)
    Chōjo wa ima nanbo?
    How old is your oldest daughter now?

Noun[edit]

なんぼ (nanbo

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    使(つか)えてなんぼ
    tsukaete nanbo
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    なんぼのもん
    nanbo no mon
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References[edit]

  1. ^ なんぼ”, in デジタル大辞泉 (Dejitaru Daijisen)[1] (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, updated roughly every four months
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  3. 3.0 3.1 なんぼ”, in 日本国語大辞典 (Nihon Kokugo Daijiten, Nihon Kokugo Daijiten)[2] (in Japanese), 2nd edition, Tōkyō: Shogakukan, 2000, →ISBN
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN