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 (rōmaji 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 (rōmaji 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, rōmaji 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