怪しい

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
あや
Grade: S
kun’yomi

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Etymology[edit]

From interjection あや (oh).

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怪しい (-i inflection, hiragana あやしい, rōmaji ayashii)

  1. suspicious, shady
     (あや)しい人物 (じんぶつ)
    ayashii jinbutsu
    suspicious person
     (あや)しい商売 (しょうばい)
    ayashii shōbai
    shady business
    • 1996 September 15, Adachi, Mitsuru, “エースをつぶせ! 後編 [Eliminate the Ace! Last Chapter]”, in SHORT PROGRAMショート・プログラム [SHORT PROGRAM], volume 2 (fiction, in Japanese), Tokyo: Shogakukan, →ISBN, page 167:
       (ほん) (とう) (あや)しいオジさんね、あの (ひと)
      Hontō ni ayashii o-ji-san ne, ano hito.
      That dude, though. He sure looks shady.
  2. fumbling, unsteady, awkward
     (かれ) () (ほん) ()はかなり (あや)しい
    Kare no nihongo wa kanari ayashii.
    His Japanese is quite awkward.
     (ちょ) (しゃ) (しゅ) (ちょう)足元 (あしもと) (あや)しい
    Chosha no shuchō wa ashimoto ga ayashii.
    The writer's argument is on an unsteady footing.
  3. suspect, doubtful
     () ()るか () () (あや)しい
    Dekiru ka dō ka ayashii.
    Whether it can be done or not is suspect [doubtful].
  4. eerie, uncanny

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN