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Etymology 1Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of かい – see the following entries.
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[affix]turn; revolve
[affix]return; go back
[affix]time; occasion
[affix]Hui; Islam
[affix]Alternative form of (kai, roundworm; intestinal worm)
[counter]occurrences
[counter]innings in baseball, games, rounds
[noun]time, occasion
[noun]turn, round
[noun](baseball, softball) inning
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[noun]meeting, gathering
[noun]society, association, club
[suffix]meeting
[suffix]party
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[affix]sea; ocean
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[affix]picture, painting, drawing, sketch
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[noun]boundary
[noun]a bounded area or region
[noun]a bounded group of people, a society, a world as a social grouping, such as business, celebrities, or finance
[noun]the border edge of a thing
[noun](Buddhism) the category of a thing
[noun](Buddhism) the world or realm of a thing
[noun]lines drawn between the lines of a text, as on lined writing paper
[noun]lines drawn to lay out a draft of a piece of artwork: a sketch
[noun](biology, taxonomy) a kingdom
[noun](geology) a stratum corresponding to a geologic age
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[affix]open
[affix]start; beginning
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[affix]step; stair; storey
[affix]class; rank; level
[counter]floors, storeys (of a building)
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[affix]change; modify; reform
[suffix]revision
[suffix]revised, modified
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[affix]machine; instrument
[affix]contraption; fetter
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[affix]pleasant, pleasing, comfortable, enjoyable
[affix]fast, quick (in a pleasing way)
[affix]sharp (of knives); clever (of wits)
[affix]recovery (from illness, of health)
[noun](literary) pleasure; delight; enjoyment
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[affix]divide; split; separate
[affix]untie; loosen; relax; remove
[affix]make clear; explain
[affix]understand; comprehend
[affix]opinion; explanation; solution
[noun]explanation; interpretation
[noun](mathematics) solution
[noun]answer; reply (to a given question or problem)
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[affix]ash; ashes
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[affix]to be between, mediate
[affix]assist; help
[affix]shell, shellfish
[affix]armor
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[noun]precept, commandment
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[affix]strange; suspicious
[affix]mysterious; wonderful
[affix]extraordinary; unusual
[noun]strangeness
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[affix]kidnap; abduct; falsify
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[affix] to repent, regret
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(This term, かい, is the hiragana spelling of several Sino-Japanese terms.)
For a list of all kanji with on'yomi かい, not just those used in Sino-Japanese terms, see Category:Japanese kanji with on reading かい.

Etymology 2Edit

ParticleEdit

かい (rōmaji kai)

  1. かい: (familiar, men's speech) marks a non-rhetorical question, which expects a 'yes' or a 'no' answer, a variant of question particle (ka)
     (げん) ()かい
    Genki kai?
    Are you fine?
    あの (おんな) () ()があるかい
    Ano onna no ko ni ki ga aru no kai.
    Are you interested in that girl?
     (かれ)はもう ()かい
    Kare wa mō kita kai?
    Has he come yet?
     (ほん) (とう) () ()るのかい
    hontō ni dekiru no kai?
    Can you really do it?
Usage notesEdit
  • The question marker かい (kai) is sometimes written as かえ (kae), but it's less common.

Etymology 3Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of かい – see the following entry at .
かい【貝】
[noun]a shellfish
(This term, かい, is a hiragana spelling of .)

Etymology 4Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of かい – see the following entry at .
かい【櫂】
[noun]oar, paddle
(This term, かい, is a hiragana spelling of .)

Etymology 5Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of かい – see the following entry at 甲斐.
かい【甲斐・詮・効】
[noun]value, reward, avail, being fruitful or worth doing
[proper noun]甲斐: Kai Province, an old province of Japan
[proper noun]甲斐: A surname​.
(This term, かい, is a hiragana spelling of 甲斐.)