やくざ

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Etymology[edit]

Literally 8-9-3. From a three-card gambling game in which one is dealt a ‎(ya, 8), ‎(ku, 9), and ‎(sa, 3), the worst hand.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjectival noun[edit]

やくざ ‎(-na inflection, romaji yakuza)

  1. worthless, useless

Noun[edit]

やくざ ‎(romaji yakuza)

  1. something that is worthless or useless
  2. a Japanese organized crime gang or a member of it; yakuza
    • 2014, 谷川ニコ, 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い!喪60, ガンガンONLINE:
      きーちゃん ()ってる 屋台 (やたい)ってほとんどヤ●ザがやってるんだよ
      kī-chan shitteru yatai tte hotondo ya●za ga yatteru n da yo
      Kii-chan, did you know that the stalls are mostly run by the ya**za?