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, 麻衣, : a female given name

Prefix[edit]

まい (mai-

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

Etymology 2[edit]

From earlier まじい (majii), 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 irrealis 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). (Usage with ます (-masu) is now dated and uncommon.)
  • Today largely replaced by a negative + だろう.

Etymology 3[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Suffix[edit]

まい (-mai

  1. (Aichi, Gifu, Mie, Shizuoka, Nagano, Nagoya, verb suffix) volitive
    Synonym: (standard) (-u)
    ()まいikomailet's go
    やろまいyaromailet's do it

Etymology 4[edit]

Adjective[edit]

まい (mai

  1. (Tsugaru) no good
    Synonym: (standard Japanese) だめ (dame)
    ○○しねばまいね。
    ○○ shineba mai ne.
    Gotta do X.
    まいぐね?
    Maigune?
    Isn't that no good?
    • 2021 March 29, “青森の価値を生み出す人たち~株式会社クロックアップ 代表取締役 中村公一さん~”, in 青森県庁[1]:
      (あお)(もり)だからまいね」「なにやってもまいね」
      “Aomori dakara mai ne” “Nani yatte mo mai ne”
      (please add an English translation of this example)