猫の額

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
ねこ
Grade: S
ひたい
Grade: 5

Etymology[edit]

Compound of (neko, cat) +‎ (no, possessive particle) +‎ (hitai, forehead).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

猫の額 (hiragana ねこのひたい, rōmaji neko no hitai, historical hiragana ねこのひたひ)

  1. (idiomatic) tiny, not enough room to swing a cat; literally, “a cat’s forehead”
     (ねこ) (ひたい)ほどの (にわ)
    neko no hitai hodo no niwa
    a garden as tiny as a cat’s forehead

Usage notes[edit]

Primarily used of areas, notably a room, an apartment, a garden, or a plot of land.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9