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Jan 18, 2020
N5
みじかい
Definition
short
N4
かいぎ
Definition
meeting, conference, session, assembly, council, convention, congress
N3
にほん、にっぽん
Definition
Japan
N2
なでる
Definition
to brush gently, to stroke, to caress
N1
ざいこ
Definition
inventory, stock, stockpile

Daily Word History

January 17

N5

磨く

研く
みがく
to polish; to shine; to brush (e.g. teeth); to refine; to improve
N4

終わり

終り、終
おわり
the end
N3

にっこり

にっこり
smile sweetly; smile; grin
N2

傾らか

なだらか
gently-sloping; gentle; easy
N1

ざい
fortune; riches; goods; incorporated foundation

January 16

N5

万年筆

まんねんひつ、まんねんぴつ、まんねんふで
fountain pen
N4

折れる

v1
vi
おれる
to break; to be broken; to snap; to fracture; to be folded; to give in; to back down; to yield; to submit; to turn (a corner)
N3

日光

にっこう
sunlight
N2

謎々

謎謎
なぞなぞ
riddle; puzzle; enigma
N1

山脈

さんみゃく、やまなみ
mountain range

January 15

N5

ばん
many; all
N4

お礼

御礼
おれい、おんれい
thanks; gratitude; manners; etiquette; bow; reward; gift; ceremony; ritual
N3

日曜

にちよう
Sunday
N2

為す

成す
なす
to build up; to establish; to form; to become (a state); to accomplish; to achieve; to succeed in; to change into; to do; to perform; to intend to; to attempt; to try
N1

山腹

さんぷく
hillside; mountainside

January 14

N5

丸い

円い
まるい、まろい
round; circular; spherical; harmonious; calm
N4

折る

おる
to break; to fracture; to break off; to snap off; to pick (e.g. flowers); to fold; to bend; to make (origami); to interrupt; to end
N3

日常

にちじょう
ordinary; regular; everyday; usual
N2

殴る

擲る、撲る
なぐる
to strike; to hit
N1

産物

さんぶつ
product; produce; result; fruit

January 13

N5

窗、牖
まど
window
N4

降りる

下りる
v1
vi
おりる
to descend (e.g. a mountain); to go down; to come down; to alight (e.g. from bus); to get off; to disembark; to dismount; to step down; to retire; to give up; to quit; to be granted; to be issued; to be given; to form (of frost, dew, mist, etc.); to be passed (from the body; e.g. of a roundworm)
N3

day; days; sun; sunshine; sunlight; case (esp. unfortunate); event
N2

無くす

亡くす、失くす
なくす
to lose something; to get rid of; to lose someone (wife, child, etc.)
N1

産婦人科

さんふじんか
maternity and gynaecology department (gynecology); department of obstetrics and gynaecology (gynecology)

January 12

N5

マッチ

マッチ
match (contest); to match with; to go well with
N4

泳ぎ方

およぎかた
way of swimming
N3

握る

にぎる
to clasp; to grasp; to grip; to clutch; to make (nigirizushi, rice ball, etc.); to form; to press into shape; to mold; to mould; to seize (power, etc.); to take hold of
N2

慰める

v1
vt
なぐさめる
to comfort; to console; to amuse
N1

賛美

讚美、讃美
さんび
praise; adoration; glorification

January 11

N5

真っ直ぐ

真っ直、真っすぐ、真直ぐ、真すぐ
まっすぐ
straight (ahead); direct; upright; erect; straightforward; honest; frank
N4

おや
parent; parents; dealer (in cards, mahjong, etc.); founder; (pet) owner
N3

苦手

にがて
poor (at); weak (in); not very good (at); dislike (of); difficult to deal with
N2

仲良し

仲好し、仲よし、仲好
なかよし
intimate friend; close friend; bosom buddy; chum
N1

賛成

さんせい
approval; agreement; support; favour; favor

January 10

N5

待つ

俟つ
まつ
to wait; to await; to look forward to; to anticipate; to depend on; to need
N4

ひょう
table (e.g. Table 1); chart; list
N3

匂い

臭い、匂
におい
odour; odor; scent; smell; stench; aura; whiff; smacks of ...; sense; flavour; flavor
N2

中指

なかゆび、ちゅうし
middle finger; long finger; second finger; tall finger; middle toe; third toe
N1

参上

さんじょう
calling on; visiting

January 09

N5

まち、ちょう
town; block; neighbourhood; neighborhood; street; road; 109.09 m; 0.99 hectares
N4

玩具

翫具
おもちゃ、がんぐ、オモチャ
toy; plaything
N3

似合う

にあう
to suit; to match; to become; to be like
N2

中身

中味
なかみ
contents; interior; substance; filling; (sword) blade
N1

参照

さんしょう
reference; bibliographical reference; consultation; browsing (e.g. when selecting a file to upload on a computer); checking out

January 08

N5

未だ

まだ、いまだ
as yet; hitherto; only; still; not yet (with negative verb); more; besides; unfinished; incomplete; not yet finished with
N4

思う

想う、念う、憶う、懐う、惟う
おもう
to think; to consider; to believe; to think (of doing); to plan (to do); to judge; to assess; to regard; to imagine; to suppose; to dream; to expect; to look forward to; to feel; to desire; to want; to recall; to remember
N3

何とか

なんとか
something; something or other; so-and-so; somehow; anyhow; one way or another
N2

中身

中味
なかみ
contents; interior; substance; filling; (sword) blade
N1

産出

さんしゅつ
yield; produce

January 07

N5

亦、復
また
again; and; also; still (doing something)
N4

思い出す

思いだす、おもい出す、思出す
おもいだす
to recall; to remember; to recollect
N3

何でも

なんでも
any; whatever one likes; by all means; anything; everything; I am told; I understand; they say; I hear
N2

長引く

長びく
ながびく
to be prolonged; to drag on
N1

産後

さんご
postpartum; after childbirth

January 06

N5

拙い

つたない、まずい
poor-quality; shoddy; crude; unskillful; inexpert; maladroit; inept; foolish; clumsy; unlucky
N4

お土産

御土産
おみやげ、おみあげ
present; souvenir
N3

何で

adv
なんで
why?; what for?; how?; by what means?
N2

仲直り

なかなおり
reconciliation; make peace with
N1

参議院

さんぎいん
House of Councillors

January 05

N5

曲がる

曲る
まがる
to bend; to curve; to warp; to wind; to twist; to turn; to be awry; to be askew; to be crooked
N4

お見舞い

お見舞、御見舞い、御見舞
おみまい
calling on someone who is ill; enquiry; inquiry
N3

なわ
rope; cord; policeman's rope
N2

長い

永い
ながい
long (distance); long (time); lengthy
N1

桟橋

棧橋
さんばし、さんきょう
wharf; bridge; jetty; pier

January 04

N5

前、先き
さき
previous; prior; former; some time ago; preceding; point (e.g. pencil); tip; end; nozzle; head (of a line); front; ahead; the other side; the future; hereafter; destination; the other party
N4

お祭り

お祭、御祭り、御祭
おまつり
festival; feast; carnival
N3

成る

為る
なる
to become; to get; to grow; to be; to reach; to attain; to result in; to prove to be; to consist of; to be composed of; to succeed; to be complete; to change into; to be exchanged for; to play a role; to be promoted; to do ...
N2

治す

直す
なおす
to cure; to heal; to fix; to correct; to repair; to do over again (after -masu base of verb); to replace; to put back as it was; to convert (into a different state); to transform
N1

産休

さんきゅう
maternity leave

January 03

N5

毎晩

まいばん
every night
N4

驚く

愕く、駭く
おどろく
to be surprised; to be astonished
N3

為る

する
to do; to cause to become; to make (into); to turn (into); to serve as; to act as; to work as; to wear (clothes, a facial expression, etc.); to judge as being; to view as being; to think of as; to treat as; to use as; to decide on; to choose; to be sensed (of a smell, noise, etc.); to be (in a state, condition, etc.); to be worth; to cost; to pass (of time); to elapse; verbalizing suffix (applies to nouns noted in this dictionary with the part of speech "vs"); creates a humble verb (after a noun prefixed with "o" or "go"); to be just about to; to be just starting to; to try to; to attempt to
N2

ナイロン

ナイロン
nylon
N1

山岳

山嶽
さんがく
mountains

January 02

N5

毎年

n-t
まいとし、まいねん
every year; yearly; annually
N4

踊る

おどる
to dance (orig. a hopping dance)
N3

悩む

v5m
なやむ
to be worried; to be troubled
N2

内線

ないせん
phone extension; indoor wiring; inner line
N1

酸化

さんか
oxidation; oxidization

January 01

N5

毎日

まいにち
every day
N4

踊り

おどり
dance
N3

泪、涕
なみだ、なだ、なんだ
tear; tears; lachrymal secretion; sympathy
N2

内科

ないか
internal medicine, i.e. treatment by medical procedures rather than surgical procedures; department of internal medicine (hospital, etc.)
N1

3、参
さん、み
three; tri-

December 31

N5

毎週

まいしゅう
every week
N4

落とす

落す
おとす
to drop; to lose; to let fall; to shed (light); to cast (one's gaze); to pour in (liquid); to leave behind; to clean off (dirt, makeup, paint, etc.); to remove (e.g. stains or facial hair); to lose; to spend money at a certain place; to omit; to leave out; to secretly let escape; to lose (a match); to reject (an applicant); to fail (a course); to defeat (in an election); to lower (e.g. shoulders or voice); to lessen (e.g. production or body weight); to worsen (quality); to reduce (e.g. rank or popularity); to speak badly of; to make light of; to fall into straitened circumstances; to fall into (e.g. a dilemma or sin); to make one's own; to have one's bid accepted; to force surrender; to take (e.g. an enemy camp or castle); to forcefully convince; to press for a confession; to deal with; to download; to copy from a computer to another medium; to make someone swoon (judo); to finish a story (e.g. with the punch line); to finish (a period, e.g. of fasting)
N3

浪、濤
なみ
wave
N2

丼ぶり
どんぶり、どん
porcelain bowl; bowl of rice with food on top
N1

さん
acid; sourness; sour taste

December 30

N5

毎月

まいつき、まいげつ
every month; each month; monthly
N4

おと、ね、おん
sound; noise; report; note; fame; Chinese-derived character reading
N3

怠ける

懶ける
v1
vi
vt
なまける
to be idle; to slacken; to neglect (e.g. one's work)
N2

トレーニング

トレーニング
training
N1

障る

さわる
to hinder; to interfere with; to affect; to do one harm; to be harmful to

December 29

N5

毎朝

まいあさ、まいちょう
every morning
N4

お釣り

御釣り、御釣
おつり
change (i.e. money); balance
N3
なま
raw; uncooked; fresh; natural; as it is; unedited; unprocessed; unprotected (i.e. not wearing a condom); live (i.e. not recorded); inexperienced; unpolished; green; crude; impudence; sauciness; unpasteurized beer; draft beer; draught beer; just a little; somehow; vaguely; partially; somewhat; half-; semi-; irresponsibly; half-baked; cash; tipsiness
N2

捕る

獲る
とる
to take; to catch; to capture
N1

爽やか

さわやか
fresh; refreshing; invigorating; clear; fluent; eloquent