See also: あぐ


Etymology 1Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of あく – see the following entries.
[noun] evil, wickedness
[affix] evil, vice, ill, wrong
[affix] bad; disagreeable; unpleasant; undesirable;
[affix] inferior; ugly
[affix] fierce; vicious
[affix] grip; hold
(This term, あく, is an alternative spelling of the above Sino-Japanese terms.
For a list of all kanji read as あく, not just those used in Japanese terms, see Category:Japanese kanji read as あく.)

Etymology 2Edit

Alternative spelling 灰汁

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)



あく (aku

  1. lye, scum
    • 905914, Kokin Wakashū (book 19, poem 1044)
      kurenai ni someshi kokoro mo tanomarezu hito o aku ni wa utsuru chō nari
      (please add an English translation of this example)
      [Note: This aku also puns to verb 飽く (aku, to tire of).]
  2. This term needs a translation to English. Please help out and add a translation, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.

Etymology 3Edit

Various kanji readings.


あく (akugodan (stem あき (aki), past あいた (aita))

  1. 開く: open, burst
  2. 空く: vacant, empty
  3. 明く: open, available, free
  4. 飽く, 厭く, 倦く: tire of

Proper nounEdit

あく (Aku

  1. 亜久, 阿久, , , 安久, 吾久: a surname
  2. 愛玖, 愛紅: a female given name


  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN