明かん

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2

EtymologyEdit

A contraction from the idiom 埒が明かぬ (rachi ga akanu, get up to speed, get off the ground). akanu is an archaic negative form of the verb 明く (aku, to open, to open up).

IdiomEdit

明かん (hiragana あかん, romaji akan)

  1. to make little progress; a waste of time
  2. something that is not good, something that is forbidden

Usage notesEdit

Commonly used in the Kansai dialects.

SynonymsEdit

Last modified on 9 November 2013, at 18:58