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U+3063, っ
HIRAGANA LETTER SMALL TU

[U+3062]
Hiragana
[U+3064]

Japanese

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Etymology

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Small form of the hiragana character (tsu).

Pronunciation

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If preceding a consonant, results in the following consonant being geminate; an English example is cattail – see Gemination: English for further discussion.

If ending a word, results in the word ending in a glottal stop.

In no case is it pronounced like the full-size (tsu).

Combining form

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  1. The そくおん (sokuon): a small form of (tsu). In romanization, this is represented by doubling the following consonant. The equivalent in katakana is ().
    ぱい (ippai)
    (motto)
    ぱい (suppai)
    ぱい (oppai)
    てくる (yattekuru)
  2. A glottal stop or “choked sound”.
    あ'
    A''!
    Ah!

Usage notes

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Primarily used as the sokuon (for gemination), which is a common sound. Used as a glottal stop at the end of interjections, primarily expressions of surprise or effort.

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Infix

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  1. (colloquial) very, super (inserted after the first syllable of an adjective, an adverb, or an ABAB-type onomatopoeia)
    でかい→でかい
    dekai → dekkai
    huge → enormous!
    とても→とても
    totemo → tottemo
    completely → totally!
    ぽかぽか→ぽかぽか
    pokapoka → pokkapoka
    pleasantly warm → toasty warm
    あつあつ→あつあつ
    atsuatsu → attsuatsu
    hot → super-hot