偉い

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: S

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Adjective[edit]

偉い (-i inflection, hiragana えらい, rōmaji erai)

  1. (morally) noble, honorable, admirable, great
     (えら)行為 (こうい)
    erai kōi
    an honorable deed
  2. (of status) noble, superior
     (えら)連中 (れんちゅう)
    erai renchū
    noble fellows / superior fellows
  3. (casual) serious, terrible
    えらい () ()った。
    Erai me ni atta.
    I met a terrible occurrence.
  4. (casual) terribly, very
    今日 (きょう)えらく (さむ)いな。
    Kyō wa eraku samui na.
    It's terribly cold today.
  5. (Chubu, Kansai, Chugoku) tired, hard
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      ちいと仕事 (しごと)えらかった (とき)には (あい)にパンなり ()ってやれ
      Chīto shigoto ga erakatta toki ni wa ai ni pan nari katte yare
      When he gets a little tired with work, buy bread or something for him in his spare moments

Usage notes[edit]

Excluding the "noble" usage, this term is usually written in hiragana えらい (erai) and sometimes written in katakana エライ (erai) or エラい (erai) for casual/ironical usages.

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