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 person (Can we verify(+) this sense?)
  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.

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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.