よう

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Japanese[edit]

Adjectival noun[edit]

よう (-na inflection, rōmaji )

  1. Alternative form of .

Verb[edit]

よう (rōmaji you)

  1. (auxiliary) Expressing one's will to do something.
    そろそろ ()よう
    Sorosoro ne.
    I go to bed before long.
    そうしよう
    Sōshi.
    I will do so.
  2. (auxiliary) Inducing or stimulating other person to do something.
    さあ、 (はじ)よう
    Sā, hajime.
    Let's get started.

Interjection[edit]

よう (rōmaji )

  1. A very informal greeting similar to yo.
    よう (げん) ()
    , genki?
    Yo! Howdy?
  2. A very informal (rude) interjection similar to hey.
    よう ()てよ。
    , mateyo.
    Hey, wait.

Usage notes[edit]

Women or gentlemen generally use ねえ () instead of よう (). よう () is masculine but gives a rude impression at times; ねえ () is more graceful.

Synonyms[edit]

Noun[edit]

よう (rōmaji )

  1. : business, engagement
  2. : yang, sun, light
  3. : carbuncle

Verb[edit]

よう (godan conjugation, rōmaji you)

  1. 酔う: to get drunk

Kanji reading[edit]

よう (romaji )

  1. : ocean
  2. : the main point
  3. : juvenile
  4. : eight
  5. : aspen