積ん読

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 4
どく
Grade: 2
yutōyomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of 積む (tsumu, to pile up) +‎ (doku, to read, reading, on'yomi), punning on 積んどく (tsundoku), contraction of 積んでおく (tsunde oku, to leave piled up).[1][2]

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Noun[edit]

積ん読 (hiragana つんどく, rōmaji tsundoku)

  1. (informal) the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other such unread books[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  3. ^ Coleman, Libby (8 October 2016), “There's a word for buying books and not reading them”, in OZY[1], retrieved 9 October 2016