banzai

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 万歳 ‎(banzai, long live..., huzzah, hurrah), from Middle Chinese 萬歲 ‎(mjòn-sjwèi), from Old Chinese 萬歲 ‎(*mans s-qʷʰats, 10,000 years [of life]”, i.e. “immortality), from ‎(10,000) ‎(year (of age)).

Compare Mandarin 萬歲万岁 (wànsùi).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɑːnˈzaɪ/, /ˈbænˈzaɪ/
  • Hyphenation: ban‧zai

Adjective[edit]

banzai ‎(comparative more banzai, superlative most banzai)

  1. Thrill-seeking; wild.
    • 1991, Cycle World: Volume 30
      Still, the Seca II isn't meant to be a racebike, and power is adequate for all but the most banzai backroad blitzing.

Derived terms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

banzai

  1. A cry or cheer of enthusiasm, or to celebrate victory.

Noun[edit]

banzai ‎(plural banzais)

  1. A cry or cheer of "banzai", to express enthusiasm or celebrate victory.