一生懸命

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
いつ > いっ
Grade: 1
しょう
Grade: 1
けん
Grade: S
めい
Grade: 3
on’yomi

EtymologyEdit

Yoji jukugo (四字熟語). From 一所懸命(いっしょけんめい) (isshokenmei), which referred to samurais risking their life to defend the territory inherited from ancestors.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

(いっ)(しょう)(けん)(めい) (isshōkenmeiいつしやうけんめい (itusyaukenmei)?

  1. for dear life; as hard as one can; to the best of one's ability
    (いっ)(しょう)(けん)(めい)(がん)()
    isshōkenmei ganbaru
    to try one's utmost hardest

ReferencesEdit

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