(common “Jōyō” kanji, shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai form 奧)
Despite the apparent overlap with the modern goon reading of oku that is derived from Middle Chinese, this term is actually rooted in Old Japanese, appearing in the Man'yōshū collection of poetry dating to roughly 759 CE. Cognate with 沖 (oki, “the open sea, offshore”), originally in reference to “somewhere far removed, possibly out of sight”. While oki came to mean “far removed in the wide open → far off shore”, oku instead came to mean “far removed inside → inside, interior”.
奥 (hiragana おく, rōmaji oku)
- inside; inner depths
- back, rear
- inside the house
- one's heart, true feelings
- 奥まる (okumaru): to have a deep recess, to be deeply recessed, to have a deep interior
奥 (hiragana おく, rōmaji Oku)
- A surname.
- ^ 1988, 国語大辞典（新装版） (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
- ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
- ^ 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13143-0
奥 • (o, uk) (hangeul 오, 욱, revised o, uk, McCune-Reischauer o, uk)
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