赤ちゃん

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
あか
Grade: 1
kun’yomi
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Etymology[edit]

(aka, red) +‎ ちゃん (-chan, familiarizing suffix). Compare 赤ん坊 (akanbō) and 赤子 (akago), both of which also allude to the reddish complexion of a newborn. Similar concept to anak merah (Malay)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(あか)ちゃん (aka-chan

  1. a baby
    (あか)ちゃんと(ぼく)
    Aka-chan to Boku
    Baby & Me
    • 1984 February 20 [Jun 15 1983], Murakami, Motoka, “()になる(しん)(にん)(せん)(せい)(まき) [A Little Worried about the New Teacher]”, in ()()()(けん) [Musashi’s Sword], volume 10 (fiction), 4th edition, Tokyo: Shogakukan, →ISBN, page 147:
      (せん)(せい) いたべ⁉
      Sensei itabe⁉
      Are they in there, Sensei⁉
      おう!いたぞ。まっ(しろ)いメス(いぬ)がお(さん)のまっさいちゃうだ。2~3(びき)うまれてるが、まだあと3(びき)ぐらいはうまれるな。
      Ō! Ita zo. Masshiroi mesuinu ga o-san no massaichū da. Ni~sanbiki umareteru ga, mada ato sanbikigurai wa umareru na.
      Yeah! There’s a white dog giving birth in there. 2 or 3 pups have come out but there’s probably 3 more to come.
      (しろ)いメス(いぬ)⁉ひょっとすると…⁉ほら()()()(まえ)()(いち)さよく(しろ)いノラ(いぬ)といっしょにあそんでいたでしょう。
      Shiroi mesuinu⁉ Hyotto suru to…⁉ Hora Musashi, mae ni Toichi sa yoku shiroi norainu to issho ni asonde ita deshō.
      A white dog⁉ Could it be…⁉ Hey Musashi, you remember Toichi used to go stay with a white stray dog a while back?
      うん‼
      Un‼
      Yeah‼
      きっと()(いち)()よ‼()(いち)とあの(しろ)(いぬ)との(あか)ちゃんよ!
      Kitto Toichi no ko yo‼ Toichi to ano shiroi inu to no aka-chan yo!
      These must be Toichi’s puppies‼ They’re Toichi and that white dog’s babies!
    • 1986 July 5 [Oct 18 1985], Kobayashi, Makoto, “Vol.26 マイケルの初夜 [Vol.26 Michael’s First Night]”, in What’s(ホワッツ) Michael(マイケル)? [What’s Michael], volume 2 (fiction), 10th edition, Tokyo: Kodansha, →ISBN, page 30:
      このバカモノ‼ポッポはまだ赤ちゃんなんだぞ〰〰
      Kono bakamono‼ Poppo wa mada aka-chan nan da zo〰〰‼
      You moron‼ Poppo’s still an infant〰〰‼

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN