無駄

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 4
(ateji)

Grade: S
(ateji)
goon
Alternative spelling
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Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Adjectival noun[edit]

()() (muda-na (adnominal ()() (muda na), adverbial ()() (muda ni))

  1. useless, no good
    無駄(むだ)だ。
    Muda da.
    It's no good.
    • 2011 February 9, Sorachi, Hideaki, “(だい)(さん)(びゃく)(さん)(じゅう)(いち)(くん) ()(ごと)(けん)(がく)大人(おとな)にとっても(まな)(こと)(おお)() [Lesson 331: Field Trips Are Often Learning Experiences Even for Adults]”, in (ぎん)(たま) [Silver Soul], volume 38 (fiction), Tokyo: Shueisha, →ISBN:
      しかし(にん)(げん)なんぞは()ってクソして()るそれ()(がい)(こと)はしょせん(すべ)ムダな(こと)なんだよ。(われ)(われ)はそのうちの(ひと)つのムダを(そう)(ぞう)する(もの)()ぎん
      Shikashi ningen nan zo wa kutte kuso shite neru sore igai no koto wa shosen subete muda na koto nan da yo. wareware wa sono uchi no hitotsu no muda o sōzō suru mono ni sugin
      However, when it comes to humanity, anything other than eating, shitting and sleeping is pointless. Here we just produce one of such pointless things.
  2. wasteful

Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

()() (muda

  1. uselessness; no good; being in vain; futility
    • 2011 February 9, Sorachi, Hideaki, “(だい)(さん)(びゃく)(さん)(じゅう)(いち)(くん) ()(ごと)(けん)(がく)大人(おとな)にとっても(まな)(こと)(おお)() [Lesson 331: Field Trips Are Often Learning Experiences Even for Adults]”, in (ぎん)(たま) [Silver Soul], volume 38 (fiction), Tokyo: Shueisha, →ISBN:
      しかし(にん)(げん)なんぞは()ってクソして()るそれ()(がい)(こと)はしょせん(すべ)てムダな(こと)なんだよ。(われ)(われ)はそのうちの(ひと)つのムダ(そう)(ぞう)する(もの)()ぎん
      Shikashi ningen nan zo wa kutte kuso shite neru sore igai no koto wa shosen subete muda na koto nan da yo. wareware wa sono uchi no hitotsu no muda o sōzō suru mono ni sugin
      However, when it comes to humanity, anything other than eating, shitting and sleeping is pointless. Here we just produce one of such pointless things.
  2. waste
    (せい)(しゅん)無駄(むだ)にする
    seishun o muda ni suru
    to fritter away one's youth

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]
  • English: muda

References[edit]

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakukan, →ISBN.
  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN