別に

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
べつ
Grade: 4
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

(betsu, separate) + (ni, particle), literally separately, used idiomatically to mean something closer to especially.[1][2] Compare Korean 별로 (byeollo).

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

別に (hiragana べつに, rōmaji betsu ni)

  1. nothing special; not really
     (みせ) ()きたい?」「いや、 (べつ)。」
    “Mise ni ikitai?” “Iya, betsu ni.”
    "Do you want to go to the store?" "Eh, not really."

Usage notes[edit]

Generally only used in negative contexts. When used on its own, the negative is sense implied. Compare the meaning and usage of the English expression that much.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9