妖怪

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Chinese[edit]

 
goblin; witch; devil; bewitching; enchanting; monster; phantom
queer; to blame
simp. and trad.
(妖怪)

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Noun[edit]

妖怪

  1. any supernatural being, monster, devil, goblin

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Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term
よう
Grade: S
かい
Grade: S
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese compound 妖怪 ‎(ʔjew kwɛjH, literally strange, supernatural + extraordinary). Compare modern Mandarin reading yāoguài.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

妖怪 ‎(-na inflection, hiragana ようかい, romaji yōkai, historical hiragana えうくわい)

  1. (dated) creepy, spooky, ghastly, perilous
    妖怪 (ようかい)雰囲気 (ふんいき)
    yōkai na fun'iki
    a creepy atmosphere / a spooky mood

Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

妖怪 ‎(hiragana ようかい, romaji yōkai, historical hiragana えうくわい)

  1. supernatural being, monster, apparition, goblin

Usage notes[edit]

Note that the Japanese concept of the yōkai does not map directly to any specific English term.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3

Korean[edit]

Hanja in this word

Noun[edit]

妖怪 ‎(yogoe) ‎(hangeul 요괴)

  1. Hanja form? of 요괴, “monster, goblin”.