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Kanji in this term
あや
Grade: S
kun'yomi

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EtymologyEdit

From interjection あや (oh).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

怪しい (-i inflection, hiragana あやしい, rōmaji ayashii)

  1. suspicious, shady
     (あや)しい人物 (じんぶつ)
    ayashii jinbutsu
    suspicious person
     (あや)しい商売 (しょうばい)
    ayashii shōbai
    shady business
  2. fumbling, unsteady, awkward
     (かれ)日本語 (にほんご)はかなり (あや)しい
    Kare no nihongo wa kanari ayashii.
    His Japanese is quite awkward.
    著者 (ちょしゃ)主張 (しゅちょう)足元 (あしもと) (あや)しい
    Chosha no shuchō wa ashimoto ga ayashii.
    The writer's argument is on an unsteady footing.
  3. suspect, doubtful
    出来 (でき)るか如何 (どう) (あや)しい
    Dekiru ka dō ka ayashii.
    Whether it can be done or not is suspect [doubtful].
  4. eerie, uncanny

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3