Japanese edit

Etymology 1 edit

For pronunciation and definitions of あい – see the following entries.
S
[noun] grief; sorrow; sadness; lamentation
[noun] pity; sympathy
4
[noun] love
[noun] affection
[noun] tenderness
[noun] fondness, liking
[noun] This term needs a translation to English.
[noun] (Christianity) agape
[proper noun] a female given name
[proper noun] a surname
[affix] love
[affix] (US) Short for 愛州 (Idaho (a state of the United States)).
H
[affix] narrow; confined
H
[noun] one ten-billionth
J
[affix] beauty, beautiful girl (generally only used in names)
H
[affix] mist, haze
[affix] mistiness, haziness
[proper noun] a female given name
(This term, あい, is the hiragana spelling of the above terms.)
For a list of all kanji read as あい, see Category:Japanese kanji read as あい.)

Etymology 2 edit

Alternative spelling

From Old Japanese stem form of verb あう (au): to meet, to be together, etc.

Pronunciation edit

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Prefix edit

あい (ai-あひ (afi)?

  1. mutual, together, each other
    (あい)()aitepartner; opponent
    兄弟(きょうだい)はいつも(あい)(たたか)うものだ。
    Kyōdai wa itsumo ai-tatakau mono da.
    Brothers (siblings) will always fight (with each other).
  2. used in official or epistolary writings for elegance or politeness

Etymology 3 edit

Alternative spellings
合い

Same as above.

Suffix edit

あい (-aiあひ (afi)?

  1. mutual, together, each other, meeting
    ()()()imiaiimplication, shade of meaning, nuance

Noun edit

あい (aiあひ (afi)?

  1. Short for 合い服 (あいふく, aifuku, clothing worn in spring or autumn).

Etymology 4 edit

Alternative spelling

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

あい (aiあひ (afi)?

  1. (literary or dialectal) interval of time or space; time; during; between; leisure
    ()(あい)にものが(はさ)ha no ai ni mono ga hasamusomething is sticking between the teeth
  2. relation; relationship; terms (between people)
    (ふう)()(あい)(わる)fūfu ai ga waruithe husband and wife are on bad terms
  3. Short for 間狂言 (aikyōgen).
  4. Short for 間駒 (aigoma).
  5. Short for 間の手 (ai no te).
Synonyms edit

Etymology 5 edit

Interjection edit

あい (ai

  1. (informal) Clipping of はい (hai).

Etymology 6 edit

For pronunciation and definitions of あい – see the following entry.
S
[noun] the Japanese indigo or Chinese indigo plant, Persicaria tinctoria
[noun] the color indigo, from the dye processed from the stems and leaves of various indigo plants
[noun] Short for 藍蝋 (airō): indigo pigment made from boiled-down indigo dye liquid
[proper noun] a female given name
[proper noun] a surname
Alternative spelling
アイ
(This term, あい, is the hiragana spelling of the above term.)
For a list of all kanji read as あい, see Category:Japanese kanji read as あい.)

Etymology 7 edit

For pronunciation and definitions of あい – see the following entry.
J
[noun] (obsolete) ayu or sweetfish (Plecoglossus altivelis)
(This term, あい, is the hiragana spelling of the above term.)
For a list of all kanji read as あい, see Category:Japanese kanji read as あい.)

References edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute, editor (1998), NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 [NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary] (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK Publishing, →ISBN
  2. 2.0 2.1 Matsumura, Akira, editor (2006), 大辞林 [Daijirin] (in Japanese), Third edition, Tokyo: Sanseidō, →ISBN

Okinawan edit

Noun edit

あい (ai

  1. : ant