酸い

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 5

EtymologyEdit

/susi/ → /suki/ → /sui/. The noun su (vinegar) with the suffix -si turning it into an adjective. When the attributive form overtook the conclusive declension, it became suki followed by the medial -k- dropping out resulting in sui. The original form /susi/ remains in the term sushi.

AdjectiveEdit

酸い (-i inflection, hiragana すい, romaji sui)

  1. to have the taste of vinegar; sour

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Last modified on 7 February 2014, at 07:52