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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: S

AdjectiveEdit

臭い (-i inflection, hiragana くさい, rōmaji kusai)

  1. stinking, smelly, pungent; giving off a bad smell
  2. suspicious, fishy; arousing suspicion

SynonymsEdit

See alsoEdit

NounEdit

臭い (hiragana におい, rōmaji nioi, historical hiragana にほひ)

  1. odor, scent, smell, whiff, stench
  2. aura
  3. sense
  4. flavor
  5. smacks of

Usage notesEdit

  • More often written as 匂い.

SuffixEdit

臭い (hiragana くさい, rōmaji -kusai)

  1. smells like; reeks of
  2. (negatively) very much like; conceptually similar to
    ジジ (くさ)
    jiji-kusai
    like an old man
  3. (with a quasi-adjective stem) an intensifier
     (めん) (どう) (くさ)
    mendō-kusai
    a hassle

Usage notesEdit

Forms an adjective.