やくざ

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Alternative forms[edit]

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, rōmaji yakuza)

  1. worthless, useless

Noun[edit]

やくざ (rōmaji yakuza)

  1. something that is worthless or useless
  2. yakuza: Japanese organized crime gang, or a member of one

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9