小母

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Grade: 2

Etymology[edit]

From (o, "little," "nice") + (ba, "mother")

Noun[edit]

小母 (hiragana おば, romaji oba)

  1. endearing term for a woman who is unrelated to and older than the speaker (used with honorific -さん or -さま)
  2. term used by a child to address an unrelated woman (used with honorific -さん)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often found in kana form: おば