貧弱

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See also: 贫弱

Chinese[edit]

poor
 
weak; feeble; young; inferior
trad. (貧弱)
simp. (贫弱)

Pronunciation[edit]


Adjective[edit]

貧弱

  1. poor and weak; impoverished and decrepit

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
ひん
Grade: 5
じゃく
Grade: 2
on’yomi

Etymology[edit]

Probably from Middle Chinese compound 貧弱 (bin nyak, literally poor + weak). Compare modern Mandarin 貧弱贫弱 (pínruò, “poor and weak”).

Alternatively, may have been coined in Japan of Middle Chinese-derived elements (hin, poor) + (jaku, weak).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

貧弱 (-na inflection, hiragana ひんじゃく, rōmaji hinjaku)

  1. poor, feeble, scanty
     (じょう) (きょう)は、 (かれ)貧弱 (ひんじゃく) () ()では (ひょう) (げん)できるものではなかった。
    Jōkyō wa, kare no hinjaku na goi de wa hyōgen dekiru mono de wa na katta.
    With his poor vocabulary, he was unable to explain the situation in words.

Inflection[edit]

Antonyms[edit]

Noun[edit]

貧弱 (hiragana ひんじゃく, rōmaji hinjaku)

  1. meagerness, scantiness

References[edit]

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