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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
くろ
Grade: S
うと
Grade: 1
kun’yomi

EtymologyEdit

*/kuroputo/ → */kurofuto//kurouto/

Compound of  (くろ) (kuro, deep, profound) +  (うと) (uto, person).

The term (hito, person) appears in various older compounds with a root form of (*puto → *buto → *udo, *puto → *futo → *uto). This form is never seen in isolation, and it often undergoes further phonetic changes to combine with preceding vowels. Compare the formation of 仲人 (nakōdo), from naka + udo; 旅人 (tabiudo), from tabi + udo; 素人 (shirōto), from shiro + uto.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

玄人 (hiragana くろうと, rōmaji kurouto)

  1. professional, master

AntonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN