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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: S

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AdjectiveEdit

偉い (-i inflection, hiragana えらい, rōmaji erai)

  1. (morally) noble, honorable, admirable, great
     (えら) (こう) ()
    erai kōi
    an honorable deed
  2. (of status) noble, superior
     (えら) (れん) (ちゅう)
    erai renchū
    noble fellows / superior fellows
  3. (casual) serious, terrible
    えらい () ()った。
    Erai me ni atta.
    I met a terrible occurrence.
  4. (casual) terribly, very
     (きょ) ()えらく (さむ)いな。
    Kyō wa eraku samui na.
    It's terribly cold today.
  5. (Chubu, Kansai, Chugoku) tired, hard
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      ちいと仕事 (しごと)えらかった (とき)には (あい)にパンなり ()ってやれ
      Chīto shigoto ga erakatta toki ni wa ai ni pan nari katte yare
      When he gets a little tired with work, buy bread or something for him in his spare moments

Usage notesEdit

Excluding the "noble" usage, this term is usually written in hiragana えらい (erai) and sometimes written in katakana エライ (erai) or エラい (erai) for casual/ironical usages.

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