坊主

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
ぼう
Grade: S
す > ず
Grade: 3
on’yomi

Noun[edit]

坊主 (hiragana ぼうず, rōmaji bōzu)

  1. A Buddhist monk
  2. A bald head, bald person
  3. (slang) A young boy; kid; kiddo; sonny

Usage notes[edit]

May be used as an uncomplimentary address for a Buddhist priest or monk: Similar phonetically to 凡僧 (ぼんそう, bonsō; or ぼんぞう, bonzō): an ordinary, lowly monk.

The “bald head, bald person” sense typically refers to one that is shaved bald, though may sometimes refer to one who is naturally bald, for example due to male pattern baldness or other hair loss.

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References[edit]

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakukan, →ISBN.