醜い

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
みにく
Grade: S
kun’yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of (mi, seeing, looking, the 連用形 (ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of verb 見る (miru, to see, to look at)) +‎ 難い (nikui, hard to do, difficult), with a literal meaning of “hard to look at” or “difficult to see”.[1][2]

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Adjective[edit]

醜い (-i inflection, hiragana みにくい, rōmaji minikui)

  1. ugly
  2. ignoble, mean, shabby, vile, vulgar
  3. difficult to distinguish, hard to make out

Usage notes[edit]

The 見難い spelling is more common for the “difficult to distinguish” sense.

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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. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3