Kanji in this term
Grade: S

Alternative formsEdit


  • Tokyo pitch accent of conjugated forms of "匂う"
Source: Online Japanese Accent Dictionary
Stem forms
Terminal (終止形)
Attributive (連体形)
匂う [nìóꜜù]
Imperative (命令形) 匂え [nìóꜜè]
Key constructions
Passive 匂われる おわれ [nìówáréꜜrù]
Causative 匂わせる おわせ [nìówáséꜜrù]
Potential - - -
Volitional 匂おう おお [nìóóꜜò]
Negative 匂わない おわない [nìówáꜜnàì]
Negative perfective 匂わなかった おわなかった [nìówáꜜnàkàttà]
Formal 匂います おいま [nìóímáꜜsù]
Perfective 匂った った [nìóꜜttà]
Conjunctive 匂って って [nìóꜜttè]
Hypothetical conditional 匂えば えば [nìóꜜèbà]


(にお) (niougodan (stem (にお) (nioi), past (にお)った (niotta), historical kana にほふ)

  1. (usually written with 匂う) to smell good, to be fragrant
  2. (usually written with 臭う) to smell bad, to stink, being malodorous
  3. to be bright, to glow

Usage notesEdit

  • Usually written with 匂う when describing something as fragrant.
  • Usually written with 臭う when describing something that stinks.


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