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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai ZE.svg
U+305C, ぜ
HIRAGANA LETTER ZE
Composition: [U+305B] + ◌゙ [U+3099]

[U+305B]
Hiragana
[U+305D]

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JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
 

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

The hiragana character (se) with a dakuten ().

SyllableEdit

(romaji ze)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ze). Its equivalent in katakana is (ze).
See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Appears in the Edo Period as alteration from older zoe, itself likely rendaku (連濁) applied to the stem soe of verb 添える, 副える (soeru, to add or attach to something else). See also そえに (soe ni, what's more, furthermore, in addition), さえ (sae, also).

ParticleEdit

(rōmaji ze)

  1. (colloquial, men's speech) sentence-ending particle signifying emphasis
Usage notesEdit

Similar to (zo), is mostly used by males. Unlike , is never considered polite, and is considered somewhat more forceful and rougher or informal than .

Etymology 3Edit

Reading of various kanji.

NounEdit

(rōmaji ze)

  1. : approval, agreement

SuffixEdit

(rōmaji -ze)

  1. : (honorific) suffix attached to certain nouns referring to people