Daily Words

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Today’s Words

Nov 28, 2022
N5
ぬぐ
Definition
to take off (clothes, shoes, etc.), to undress
N4
ほとんど
Definition
mostly, nearly, practically, well-nigh, almost invariably, all but, just about, almost
N3
くわしい
Definition
detailed, full, accurate, knowing very well, well-acquainted, well-informed
N2
げじゅん
Definition
last third of a month, 21st to the last day of a month
N1
かいさい
Definition
holding a meeting, open an exhibition

Daily Word History

November 27

N5

ニュース

ニュース、ニューズ
news
N4

奴、僕
やつこ、つぶね、やつこらま
slave; retainer; servant; captive; varlet; I; me
N3

苦労

苦勞
くろう
troubles; hardships
N2

激増

げきぞう
sudden increase
N1

会見

かいけん
interview; audience

November 26

N5

荷物

にもつ
luggage; baggage; package; burden; payload (of a packet, cell, etc.)
N4

法律

ほうりつ
law
N3

暮れ

くれ
sunset; sundown; nightfall; dusk; end; close; year-end; end of the year
N2

毛皮

毛革
けがわ、もうひ
fur; skin; pelt; kanji "fur" radical
N1

海峡

かいきょう
channel (e.g. between two land masses); strait

November 25

N5

日曜日

にちようび
Sunday
N4

貿易

ぼうえき
trade (foreign)
N3

苦しむ

くるしむ
to suffer; to groan; to be worried
N2

外科

げか
surgery; department of surgery (hospital, etc.)
N1

階級

かいきゅう
(social) class; rank; grade

November 24

N5

西

せい
Spain
N4

返事

返辞
へんじ
reply; answer; response
N3

苦しい

くるしい
painful; difficult; agonizing; needy; tight (budget); straitened (circumstances); forced (smile, joke); lame (excuse); strained (interpretation); awkward (situation); painful (position); (after masu stem) hard to do; unpleasant
N2

形容動詞

けいようどうし
na-adjective (adj-na); quasi-adjective; adjectival noun; nominal adjective
N1

貝殻

貝殼、貝がら
かいがら
shell

November 23

N5

にく、しし
flesh; meat; the physical body (as opposed to the spirit); thickness; ink pad
N4

へん
strange; odd; peculiar; weird; curious; queer; eccentric; funny; suspicious; fishy; unexpected; change; incident; disturbance; disaster; accident; flat
N3

狂う

くるう
to go mad; to get out of order; to go amiss
N2

形容詞

けいようし
adjective; i-adjective (in Japanese)
N1

改革

かいかく
reform; reformation; innovation

November 22

N5

賑やか

にぎやか
bustling; busy; lively
N4
べつ、べち
distinction; difference; different; another; particular; separate; extra; exception
N3

繰り返す

くり返す、繰りかえす、繰返す
くりかえす
to repeat; to do something over again
N2

警備

けいび
defense; defence; guard; policing; security
N1

海運

かいうん
maritime; marine transportation

November 21

N5

2、弐、貳、貮
num
に、ふた、ふ、ふう
two
N4

文法

ぶんぽう
grammar; syntax
N3

暮らす

暮す
くらす
to live; to get along; to spend (time)
N2

競べ馬

くらべ馬、競馬
くらべうま
traditional horse-racing; originally two horses head-to-head or ten at a time, esp. May 5th event at Kamigamo shrine
N1

改悪

かいあく
deterioration; changing for the worse

November 20

N5
なに、なん
what; how many; you-know-what; that; whatsit; what's the expression; what do you call them; what?; hey!
N4

文学

ぶんがく
literature
N3

暮らし

暮し
くらし
life; living; livelihood; life circumstances
N2

芸能

げいのう
public entertainment; accomplishments; attainments
N1

かい
storey; story; floor; stairs; stage (in chronostratigraphy); counter for storeys and floors of a building

November 19

N5

なる

suf
なる
that is in; who is called; that is called; that is
N4

文化

ぶんか
culture; civilization; civilisation; Bunka era (1804.2.11-1818.4.22)
N3

ctr
rank; place (e.g. first place); decimal place; counter for ghosts
N2

系統

けいとう
system; lineage; ancestry; family line; group (e.g. of colors) (colours); family (e.g. of languages); party; school (of thought); close (evolutionary) relationship; a population sharing a common ancestor (in genetics); strain (e.g. bacterial)
N1

下位

かい
low rank; subordinate; lower order (e.g. byte); low-end

November 18

N5

並べる

双べる
v1
vt
ならべる
to line up; to set up; to arrange in a line; to enumerate; to itemize; to be equal (to); to compare well (with); to be as good (as)
N4

降り出す

降りだす
ふりだす
to begin to rain; to begin to snow
N3

曇り

くもり
cloudiness; cloudy weather; shadow
N2

経度

けいど
longitude
N1

ctr
つ、ち、ぢ、じ
counter for the hito-futa-mi counting system (forming hitotsu, futatsu, mitsu, and misoji, yasoji, etc.)

November 17

N5

並ぶ

列ぶ、双ぶ
ならぶ
to line up; to stand in a line; to rival; to match; to equal
N4

踏む

履む、践む
ふむ
to step on; to tread on; to experience; to undergo; to estimate; to value; to appraise; to rhyme; to inherit (the throne, etc.); to follow (rules, morals, principles, etc.)
N3

組む

v5m
くむ
to cross (legs or arms); to link (arms); to put together; to construct; to assemble; to produce (e.g. TV program); to braid; to plait; to grapple; to wrestle; to unite; to join; to link up; to form an alliance; to set (e.g. type); to issue (e.g. money order)
N2

毛糸

けいと
knitting wool
N1

department; section; faculty; school; arm; course (of study); branch of study; specialization; (taxonomical) family

November 16

N5

習う

ならう
to take lessons in; to be taught; to learn (from a teacher); to study (under a teacher); to get training in
N4

不便

ふべん
inconvenience; inexpediency; unhandiness
N3

組合

組み合い
くみあい
association; union; guild
N2

継続

けいぞく
continuation
N1

lacking substance and existing in name only; something without substance

November 15

N5

名前

名まえ
なまえ
name; full name; given name; first name
N4

舟、槽
ふね
ship; boat; watercraft; vessel; steamship; tank; tub; vat; trough; counter for boat-shaped containers (e.g. of sashimi)
N3

組み
くみ
set (of items); group (of people); class (of students); company (esp. construction); family (i.e. mafia); team; typesetting; composition
N2

形式

けいしき
form (as opposed to substance); formality; method; system; style; format; mode; appearance; form (something takes); math expression
N1

温和

穏和
おんわ
gentle; mild; moderate

November 14

N5

七日

7日
なのか、なぬか
the seventh day of the month; seven days
N4

布団

蒲団、薄団
ふとん
futon (quilted Japanese-style mattress laid out on the floor); round cushion used for Zen meditation (traditionally made of woven bulrush leaves)
N3

区別

區別
くべつ
distinction; differentiation; classification
N2

蛍光灯

蛍光燈、螢光灯、螢光燈
けいこうとう
fluorescent lamp; fluorescent light; person who is slow to react; someone slow on the uptake
N1

音色

音いろ
ねいろ、おんしょく
tone color; tone colour; tone quality; timbre; synthesizer patch; synthesiser patch

November 13

N5

七つ

7つ
num
ななつ
seven
N4

太る

肥る
ふとる
to grow fat (stout, plump); to become fat; to gain weight
N3

ぐっすり

ぐっすり
sound asleep; fast asleep
N2

敬語

けいご
honorific; term of respect; polite expression; honorific language
N1

終わる

終る、了わる、卒わる、畢わる、竟わる
おわる
to finish; to end; to close

November 12

N5

prt
など
et cetera; etc.; and the like; and so forth; or something; the likes of
N4

不党

ふとう
nonparticipation
N3

苦痛

くつう
pain; agony; bitterness
N2

稽古

けいこ
practice; practising; training; study
N1

疎か

おろそか、おろか
neglect; negligence; carelessness; not to mention ...; needless to say ...; not to speak of ...; not only ...

November 11

N5

夏休み

なつやすみ
summer vacation; summer holiday
N4

普通

ふつう
general; ordinary; usual; normally; generally; usually; train that stops at every station
N3

下り

くだり
down-train (going away from Tokyo); down-slope; downward going
N2

ぐん、こおり
district; county; district (of 2-20 50-home neighbourhoods or townships, in the ritsuryo period)
N1

愚か

おろか
foolish; stupid

November 10

N5

Xia (dynasty of China; perhaps mythological)
N4

部長

ぶちょう
head (chief, director) of a section or department; head of a (school) club; head of a (school) team
N3

下さる

くださる
to give; to confer; to bestow; to kindly do for one; to oblige; to favour; to favor
N2

咥える

銜える、啣える
v1
vt
くわえる
to hold in one's mouth
N1

おれ、おらあ、おり
I; me

November 09

N5

何故

何ゆえ
adv
なぜ、なにゆえ
why; how
N4

復習

ふくしゅう
review; revision
N3

具体

ぐたい
concrete; tangible; material
N2

呉れ呉れも

呉々も、呉呉も
adv
くれぐれも
repeatedly; sincerely; earnestly
N1

織る

おる
to weave

November 08

N5

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.)
N4

複雑

ふくざつ
complex; complicated; mixed (feelings)
N3

かん、くだ
pipe; tube
N2

包む

裹む
くるむ、つつむ
to wrap up; to tuck in; to pack; to do up; to cover with; to dress in; to conceal; to hide; to be engulfed in; to be enveloped by
N1

織物

おりもの
textile; fabric