若い

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
わか
Grade: 6
kun’yomi

Adjective[edit]

若い (-i inflection, hiragana わかい, rōmaji wakai)

  1. young, juvenile
    • 1993 April 16, Akiko Hiramatsu as as Tom Kusanagi; Sumi Shimamoto as Kikuko Kusanagi; Tarako as Mikan Kusanagi; Kenichi Ono as Tōjirō Kusanagi, “夫婦ふうふゲンカはネコがう? [Would a Cat Eat a Marital Dispute?]”, in みかんにっ [Mikan Picture Diary] (in Japanese), episode 23, TBS, CBC:
      あっ…お (かあ)さん! () ()て!これ お (かあ)さんでしょう?きれいだな!
      A'… Okā-san! Mite Mite! Kore okā-san deshō? Kirei da na!
      Oh… Oh right, Mom! Look! This is you, right? You were so beautiful!
      それはお (ばあ)ちゃんの (わか) (とき)
      Sore wa obā-chan no wakai toki!
      That’s your grandma when she was young!
      ボケ…お (とう)さん! (かみ) (なが)くてが ()いね!すごく (わか) (わか)しい!
      Boke… Otō-san! Kami nagakute ga koi ne! Sugoku wakawakashii!
      Dummy… Dad! Look at your long, luscious hair back then! You looked so young!
      それは (あに) ()だ。
      Sore wa aniki da.
      That’s my brother.
      え゙っ?
      E'?
      Eh?
      ナイスリカバリー!
      Naisu rikabarī!
      Nice comeback!
  2. energetic, fresh
  3. immature: "考えが若い"; (one's thought is immature)
  4. lesser in an order, smaller, earlier: "若い番号" (smaller number); "若いイニング" (earlier inning).

Usage notes[edit]

In the sense of "young," this word is only used for young adults, not children.

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