オートバイ

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Japanese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Contracted from オートバイシクル ‎(ōtobaishikuru), erroneously listed in some Japanese dictionaries as wasei eigo,[1][2][3][4] but actually a borrowing from English autobicycle, an early English term for motorcycle.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

オートバイ ‎(romaji ōtobai)

  1. Short for オートバイシクル ‎(autobicycle): a motorcycle
  2. a moped, a scooter

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, ISBN 4-09-501211-0
  2. ^ 1998, 広辞苑 (Kōjien), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Iwanami Shoten, ISBN 4000801112
  3. 3.0 3.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  4. 4.0 4.1 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13143-0