小僧

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Grade: S

EtymologyEdit

From (ko, "small," "little") + (, "bonze," "Buddhist monk")

NounEdit

小僧 (hiragana こぞう, romaji kozō)

  1. priestling, young Buddhist priest
  2. servant boy in a merchant house (now obsolete)
  3. kid, brat, youngster

SynonymsEdit

  • (youngster): 坊主 (ぼうず, bōzu)

Derived termsEdit

  • 悪戯小僧 (itazura kozō): mischievous boy
  • カメラ小僧 (kamera kozō): amateur photographer
  • 小便小僧 (shōben kozō): cupid statues
  • 洟垂れ小僧 (hana-tare kozō): snot-nosed kid
  • 膝小僧 (hizakozō): knee
  • 一つ目小僧 (hitotsume kozō): one-eyed goblin
  • 腕白小僧 (wanbaku kozō): naughty boy
  • 門前の小僧習わぬ経を読む (monzen no kozō narawame kyō o yomu): a saint's maid quotes Latin
Last modified on 29 January 2011, at 02:05