チャリ

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Abbreviation of チャリンコ (charinko).

Occasionally explained as a shortening of チャリオット (chariotto) from English chariot, from the sense of two-wheeled vehicle. However, this appears to be a folk etymology.

Ultimate derivation unknown. See チャリンコ for details.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

チャリ (rōmaji chari)

  1. (slang) a bicycle

Usage notes[edit]

May have childish overtones. Not used in formal contexts.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (bicycle): 自転車 (じてんしゃ, ​jitensha)

Derived terms[edit]