フン

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

A generic sound indicating agreement or acceptance, or disagreement or skepticism. Compare English hm, hmm.

Pronunciation[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

フン ‎(romaji fun)

  1. (informal, affirmative) hm, uh-huh, yeah
  2. (informal, negative) hmm, huh
Usage notes[edit]

Informal. When speaking with social strangers or superiors, one would use ええ ‎(ē) or はい ‎(hai) instead for affirmation, and ええ ‎(ē) or あの ‎(ano) for negation. Tone of voice and body language are also used to convey meaning.

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Etymology 2[edit]

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Borrowing from English Hun.[2][1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

フン ‎(romaji Fun)

  1. the Huns, the Hun ethnic group: a nomadic group of horse riders originating in Central Asia
Usage notes[edit]

May be more often encountered as the more specific compound フン族 ‎(Funzoku).

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Etymology 3[edit]

Kanji reading.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

フン ‎(hiragana ふん, romaji fun)

  1. : excrement, feces
Usage notes[edit]

Due to the complexity of the kanji character, this word is often spelled in kana instead, usually katakana to contrast visually with surrounding hiragana text.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  3. ^ 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13143-0