general; popular; everywhere; universal
go through; know well; to connect; to communicate; open
|simp. and trad.
- Hakka (Sixian, PFS): phû-thûng
- Min Dong (BUC): puō-tŭng
- Min Nan (POJ): phó͘-thong
- Wu (Wiktionary): phu thon (T2)
- Min Dong
- Min Nan
|Kanji in this term|
/putuː/ → /fut͡suː/
The form 普通の is replacing 普通な in modern Japanese. See the usage notes below.
As a noun, it is usually used with the possessive particle の (no), which makes it function as an adjective.
普通 is widely used for a variety of purposes. For example, to display modesty, one can use it respond to flattery (“oh, I’m nothing special”). Similarly, if a restaurant is okay, but not particularly noteworthy, it can be described as 普通.
- 凡才 (bonsai): mediocrity, ordinary ability