まい

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kana spelling of various words.

Counter[edit]

まい (-mai

  1. : counter for flat thin objects or sheets

Noun[edit]

まい (mai

  1. 舞い, : a dance

Proper noun[edit]

まい (Mai

  1. 真以: A female given name
  2. 麻衣: A female given name
  3. : A female given name

Prefix[edit]

まい (mai-

  1. : each, every (day, week, weekend, time)

Etymology 2[edit]

From earlier まじい (majī), from classical まじ (maji).

Suffix[edit]

まい (-mai

  1. (literary) will not, is not, is not, cannot be (indicates denial)
    いや、そんなことはあるまい
    Iya, sonna koto wa aru mai.
    Uh, no, there couldn't possibly be such thing.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word is morphologically a clitic. It is classified as 助動詞 (jodōshi, auxiliary verb) in traditional Japanese grammar.
  • It attaches to the terminal form of godan verbs, but the imperfective form of ichidan verbs (although the terminal form of ichidan verbs is also seen). For the irregular verbs 来る and する, all of まい, まい, くるまい, まい (volitional), まい, and するまい (conjecture) have seen in use. This suffix always comes last, even after ます (-masu). (The usage with ます (-masu) is dated and uncommon now.)
  • Today largely replaced by a negative + だろう.