心細い

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
こころ
Grade: 2
ほそ > ぼそ
Grade: 2
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

From ‎(kokoro, heart, feelings) + 細い ‎(hosoi, slender)

The hosoi changes to bosoi as an instance of rendaku (連濁).

Adjective[edit]

心細い ‎(-i inflection, hiragana こころぼそい, romaji kokorobosoi)

  1. hopeless, discouraged, forlorn
  2. discouraging
  3. lonely, helpless

Inflection[edit]

References[edit]

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakukan, ISBN 4095102535.