坊主

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
ぼう
Grade: S
す > ず
Grade: 3
on'yomi

NounEdit

坊主 (hiragana ぼうず, romaji bōzu)

  1. A Buddhist monk
  2. A bald person
  3. (slang) A young boy (kid, sonny)

SynonymsEdit

(monk):

  • 法師 (ほうし, hōshi)
  • 坊さん (ぼうさん, bōsan)
  • (そう, sō)

(youngster):

Derived termsEdit

Usage notesEdit

May be used as an uncomplimentary address for a Buddhist priest or monk: Similar photonicly to 凡僧 (ぼんそう, bonsō; or ぼんぞう, bonzō): an ordinary, lowly monk.

ReferencesEdit

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakkan, ISBN 4095102535.
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