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Kanji in this term

Grade: 1
かく
Grade: 2

EtymologyEdit

Formed as an -i adjective from noun and adjectival noun 四角 (shikaku, square, rectangle).

AdjectiveEdit

四角い (-i inflection, hiragana しかくい, rōmaji shikakui)

  1. square
  2. rectangular
  3. stilted, excessively formal, overly serious, as of speech
    あまり四角 (しかく)ことを ()うな。
    Amari shikakui koto o iu na.
    Don't talk so formally.

Usage notesEdit

Slightly less formal, and generally reserved for spoken use. In more formal written contexts, the -na adjective form of 四角 is used instead.

InflectionEdit