怖い

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
こわ
Grade: S
kun'yomi

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Etymology[edit]

According to the Ehon Hyaku Monogatari, this word derives from 狐者異 (kowai, literally ghost of a glutton)

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Adjective[edit]

怖い (-i inflection, hiragana こわい, rōmaji kowai, historical hiragana こはい)

  1. frightening; scary
     (ゆう) (れい) (こわ)
    Yūrei wa kowai.
    Ghosts are frightening.
  2. frightened; scared; afraid
     (わたし) (こわ)
    Watashi wa kowai.
    I'm frightened.

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