小さな

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
ちい
Grade: 1
kun’yomi

EtymologyEdit

Appears starting from the Muromachi period. Derived as the -na adjective construction of -i adjective 小さい (chīsai, small, little). See that entry for further details.

PronunciationEdit

AdnominalEdit

(ちい)さな (chīsana (historical kana ちひさな)

  1. (of size or amount) small, little, tiny
    (ちい)さな本屋(ほんや)
    chīsana hon'ya
    small bookstore
  2. (of age) young, little

Usage notesEdit

This term may only be used to directly modify a noun. In this grammatical role, it may be used largely interchangeably with 小さい (chīsai), the -i adjective form. In predicative use, only 小さい (chīsai) may be used: あれ*小さ (are wa *chīsa da) is incorrect grammar. Also, there is no adverbial form *小さに (*chīsa ni), only the regular -ku adverbial form 小さく (chīsaku) of the -i adjective 小さい (chīsai).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN