元気

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
げん
Grade: 2

Grade: 1
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese compound 元氣 (ngjwon khjɨjH, literally first, fundamental, source + vapor, spirit, energy). In Chinese cosmology, this represented the fundamental force that permeates all matter and life. Early Japanese borrowed this word and meaning. Later, this spelling was conflated with the meaning of homophone 減気 (genki, recovery from illness), adding in the modern senses related to healthy and wellness.

Adjective[edit]

元気 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 元氣, -na inflection, hiragana げんき, rōmaji genki)

  1. healthy
  2. energetic
  3. in a good mood; peppy; lively
    部長 (ぶちょう)今日 (きょう)元気 (げんき)だね。
    Buchō wa kyō mo genki da ne.
    Our club president looks pretty peppy today, too.

Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

元気 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 元氣, hiragana げんき, rōmaji genki)

  1. the fundamental force that permeates through all matter and life (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought):
  2. health, healthfulness
    元気 (げんき)になる
    genki ni naru
    to get well (recover from sickness)
    元気 (げんき)で!
    O-genki de!
    good luck (to you)!/Take care of yourself./Stay healthy.
    元気 (げんき)
    Genki?
    How are you?
  3. (personal) energy
    元気 (げんき) ()
    genki o dasu
    to cheer up; to recover one's strength
  4. good spirits; vitality; cheer; liveliness; enthusiasm
    元気 (げんき)よく (こた)える
    genki yoku kotaeru
    to answer enthusiastically
    元気 (げんき)いっぱいでかわいい
    genki ippai de kawaii
    cute and full of energy