無駄

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 4

Grade: S
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Etymology[edit]

This kanji spelling is ateji (当て字).

Adjectival noun[edit]

無駄 (-na inflection, hiragana むだ, katakana ムダ, rōmaji muda)

  1. useless, no good
     () ()だ。
    Muda da.
    It's no good.
    • 2011 February 9, Sorachi, Hideaki, “だい三百三十一くん 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]

無駄 (hiragana むだ, katakana ムダ, rōmaji muda)

  1. uselessness; no good; being in vain; futility
    • 2011 February 9, Sorachi, Hideaki, “だい三百三十一くん 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
    青春 (せいしゅん) () ()にする
    seishun o muda ni suru
    to fritter away one's youth

References[edit]

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