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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
みにく
Grade: S
kun’yomi

EtymologyEdit

Compound of (mi, seeing, looking, the 連用形 (ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of verb 見る (miru, to see, to look at)) +‎ 難い (nikui, hard to do, difficult), with a literal meaning of “hard to look at” or “difficult to see”.[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

醜い (-i inflection, hiragana みにくい, rōmaji minikui)

  1. ugly
  2. ignoble, mean, shabby, vile, vulgar
  3. difficult to distinguish, hard to make out

Usage notesEdit

The 見難い spelling is more common for the “difficult to distinguish” sense.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  3. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN