|Kanji in this term|
From Middle Chinese compound 元氣 (ngjwon khjɨjH, literally “first, fundamental, source + vapor, spirit, energy”). In Chinese cosmology, this represented the fundamental force that permeates all matter and life. Early Japanese borrowed this word and meaning. Later, this spelling was conflated with the meaning of homophone 減気 (genki, “recovery from illness”), adding in the modern senses related to healthy and wellness.
- in a good mood; peppy; lively
- Buchō wa kyō mo genki da ne.
- Our club president looks pretty peppy today, too.
- the fundamental force that permeates through all matter and life (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought):
- health, healthfulness
- genki ni naru
- to get well (recover from sickness)
- O-genki de!
- good luck (to you)!／Take care of yourself./Stay healthy.
- How are you?
- (personal) energy
- genki o dasu
- to cheer up; to recover one's strength
- good spirits; vitality; cheer; liveliness; enthusiasm
- genki yoku kotaeru
- to answer enthusiastically
- genki ippai de kawaii
- cute and full of energy