Japanese

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Pronunciation

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Etymology 1

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Interjection

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ええ (ē

  1. yes, indeed
    ええ、その(とお)り。
    Ē, sono tōri.
    Indeed.
  2. oh (utterance of surprise)
  3. well, let me see
  4. what?
Synonyms
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Etymology 2

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Sound shift from 良い (ei).

Adjective

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ええ (ee

  1. (dialectal, Kansai, Tōhoku, Chūgoku) good
    Synonym: (standard) よい (yoi)

References

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  • 1989. “よい【良】” 日本方言大辞典 (Nihon Hōgen Daijiten, in Japanese).