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しい (romaji -shii)

  1. Used to form adjectives from nouns, reduplications or imperfective form of verbs. An adjective derived by this suffix implies a thorough and certain possession of the quality of that noun.
    From nouns;おとな+しい=おとなしい It means "quiet", "gentle".
    From verbs;いそが+しい=いそがしい It means "busy".
    From Japanese original reduplications;2×みず+しい=みずみずしい It mean "fresh","juicy".
    From reduplication of Chinese origins;2×騒(そう)+しい=騒々しい(そうぞうしい) It mean "noisy".

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