JapaneseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
やつ > いつ
Grade: S
kun’yomi Irregular

/ajat͡su//ait͡su/

Shift from older ayatsu reading below. Appears from at least the 1500s.[1][2][3][4]

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

()(いつ) (aitsu

  1. (informal) that guy, girl, or thing over there
    あいつ本当嫌(ほんとうきら)い。
    Aitsu hontō kirai.
    I really hate that guy/girl.
    • 1988 July 30 [Jul 25 1984], Fujiko F. Fujio, “ふたりぼっち [Altwo]”, in ポストの中の明日 [Post-Mid-Tomorrow] (藤子不二雄少年SF短編集; 2), volume 2 (fiction), 10th edition, Tokyo: Shogakukan, →ISBN, page 177:
      (あし)(こし)をきたえて()()()をぶん()げてみたかったんだ」
      “Ashikoshi o kitaete AITSU o bunnagete mitakatta n da”
      “I trained my legs so that I could beat HIM in wrestling”
    • 2002 March 9, Hotta, Yumi; Obata, Takeshi, “(だい)131(きょく) (ため)される()(すみ) [Game 131: Isumi’s Endeavor]”, in ヒカルの碁 [Hikaru’s Go], volume 16 (fiction), Tokyo: Shueisha, →ISBN, page 68:
      (レェ)(ピン)⁉アイツに()けた⁉
      Rē Pin⁉ Aitsu ni maketa⁉
      Le Ping⁉ You lost to that brat
Usage notesEdit

Slightly derogatory, or used to poke fun at someone as between close friends.

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
やつ
Grade: S
kun’yomi

Compound of (a, that, over there, distal pronoun, indicating something far from both speaker and listener) +‎ (yatsu, guy, girl, thing). Appears from the mid-1200s.[1][2][3]

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

()(やつ) (ayatsu

  1. (informal, dated) that guy, girl, or thing over there
Usage notesEdit

Slightly derogatory.

Etymology 3Edit

Kanji in this term
きゃつ
Grade: S Grade: S
Irregular

/kajat͡su//kjat͡su/

Shift from older kayatsu below. Appears from the early 1200s.[1][2][3]

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

彼奴(きゃつ) (kyatsu

  1. (informal, men's speech) that guy, girl, or thing over there
Usage notesEdit

Slightly derogatory, or used to poke fun at someone as between close friends.

Derived termsEdit

Etymology 4Edit

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
やつ
Grade: S
kun’yomi

Compound of (ka, that, over there, distal pronoun, indicating something far from both speaker and listener; precursor to modern a) +‎ (yatsu, guy, girl, thing). Appears from the late 900s.[1][2][3]

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

()(やつ) (kayatsu

  1. (archaic, possibly obsolete) that guy, girl, or thing over there
Usage notesEdit

Slightly derogatory.

Etymology 5Edit

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
やつ > いつ
Grade: S
kun’yomi Irregular

/kajat͡su//kait͡su/

Shift from older kayatsu above. Appears during the Muromachi period (1336–1573), then falls out of use.[1]

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

()(いつ) (kaitsu

  1. (obsolete) that guy, girl, or thing over there
Usage notesEdit

Slightly derogatory.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  5. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN