Ateji

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These are specially difficult Kanji compounds because they use only Kanjis for their phonetic value (one of them). The individual Kanji meanings are usually discarded in these words so they seem to be nonsense.
Sometimes with loan words, it's exactly the opposite (only the meanings are used, and then the phonetic value doesn't correspond to the actual readings).
Here's a good description of Ateji: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ateji

Source: Words marked as Ateji in EDICT.

Vocabulary List

  • 鑵, 罐, 缶
    かん
    can / tin [n]
    new
    7855
  • 揺蕩う, 猶予う
    たゆとう, たゆたう
    to sway to and fro / to drift about / to flutter / to flicker / to be fickle / to be irresolute / to vacillate / to waver [v5u,vi]
    new
    7854
  • 巣食う
    すくう
    to build (a nest) / to nest / to haunt (a place) / to hang out (somewhere) [v5u,vi]
    new
    7853
  • 猶予う
    たゆたう
    to sway to and fro / to drift about / to flutter / to flicker / to be fickle / to be irresolute / to vacillate / to waver [v5u,vi]
    new
    7852
  • 誤摩化す
    ごまかす
    to deceive / to falsify / to misrepresent [v5s]
    new
    7851
  • 深, 美
    beautiful [pref]
    new
    7850
  • 可愛い
    かわゆい
    cute / adorable / charming / lovely / pretty / dear / precious / darling / pet / cute little / tiny [ok] [adj-i]
    new
    7849
  • 天手古舞い, 天手古舞
    てんてこまい
    whirl of busyness / humming with activity / bustling activity [n,vs]
    new
    7848
  • 仕合
    しあい
    match / game / bout / contest [n,vs]
    new
    7847
  • 広目, 披露目
    ひろめ
    making something widely known / introduction / debut / announcement / unveiling [n,vs]
    new
    7846
  • 型録
    かたろぐ
    catalog / catalogue [n,vs]
    new
    7845
  • 真婿
    まんこ
    vagina / screw [n,vs] [X] [col]
    new
    7844
  • 基督
    きりすと
    Christ (por: Cristo) [n,adj-no]
    new
    7843
  • 瓦斯
    がす
    gas (dut: / eng:) [n,adj-no]
    new
    7842
  • 加答児
    カタル
    catarrh (dut: catarrhe / ger: Katarrh) [n,adj-no]
    new
    7840
  • 満俺
    まんがん
    manganese (Mn) (ger: Mangan) [n,adj-no]
    new
    7839
  • 珈琲
    こーひー
    coffee (eng: coffee / dut: koffie) [n,adj-no]
    new
    7838
  • 天鵞絨, 天鵝絨
    てんがじゅう, びろうど
    velvet (por: veludo) [n,adj-no]
    new
    7837
  • 護謨
    ごむ
    gum (dut: gom) / rubber / (abbr) eraser / (sl) condom [n,adj-no]
    new
    7836
  • 米利堅
    メリケン
    America / American / fist [n,adj-f]
    new
    7835
  • 窒扶斯
    チフス, チブス
    typhoid fever (ger: Typhus / dut:) / typhus [n]
    new
    7834
  • 錻, 鉄葉, 錻力
    ぶりき
    tin plate (dut: blik) [n]
    new
    7833
  • 単皮
    たび
    tabi / Japanese socks (with split toe) [n]
    new
    7832
  • 犢鼻褌
    ふんどし
    sumo wrestler's ornamental apron [n]
    new
    7831
  • 米噸
    べいトン
    short ton [n]
    new
    7830
  • 不知火
    しらぬひ, しらぬい
    phosphorescent light / mysterious lights on the sea / sea fire [n]
    new
    7829
  • 阿列布油
    オリーブゆ
    olive oil [n]
    new
    7828
  • 馬克
    まるく
    mark (ger: Mark) [n]
    new
    7827
  • 風信子
    ふうしんし
    hyacinth [n]
    new
    7826
  • 真秀等間
    まほらま
    great and splendid land (Yamato word) / excellent location / splendid place [n]
    new
    7825
  • 瓦斯灯
    ガスとう
    gas light [n]
    new
    7824
  • 一熟
    いちじゅく
    fig [n]
    new
    7823
  • 隠れ切支丹
    かくれキリシタン
    clandestine Christian (during the Tokugawa period) / secret Christian [n]
    new
    7822
  • 竹箆, 竹篦
    しっぺい
    bamboo stick used to strike meditators into greater wakefulness [n]
    new
    7820
  • 穢多
    えた
    one group comprising the lowest rank of Japan's Edo-period caste system (people whose work usually involved handling human bodies or animal carcasses) [n] [vulg]
    new
    7819
  • 仏恥義理
    ぶっちぎり
    winning (a race) by a wide margin [n]
    new
    7818
  • 如雨露, 如露
    じょうろ, じょろ
    watering can / watering pot / sprinkling can [n]
    new
    7817
  • 曹達
    そうだ
    soda (dut:) [n]
    new
    7816
  • 撒爾沙, 撒児沙
    さるさ
    sarsaparilla (Smilax regelii) (lit: sarsa) (lat:) [n]
    new
    7815
  • 破落戸
    ごろつき
    rogue / thug / hoodlum / punk / racketeer [n]
    new
    7814
  • 歌留多, 嘉留太, 加留多
    かるた
    playing cards (por: carta) / card game [n]
    new
    7813
  • 芒果
    マンゴー
    mango [n]
    new
    7812
  • 淋巴
    りんぱ
    lymph (ger: Lymphe / dut: lympha) [n]
    new
    7811
  • 瓦落多, 我楽多
    がらくた
    junk / rubbish / trash / garbage / odds and ends [n]
    new
    7810
  • 治具, 冶具
    じぐ
    jig (tool) [n]
    new
    7809
  • 印度支那
    インドシナ
    Indochina [n]
    new
    7808
  • 布哇
    ハワイ
    Hawaii [n]
    new
    7807
  • 虎列剌
    これら
    cholera (eng: / dut:) [n]
    new
    7806
  • 片, 枚
    びら
    bill / handbill / flier / leaflet / poster / placard [n]
    new
    7805
  • 亜墨利加, 亜米利加
    あめりか
    America [n]
    new
    7804
  • 越幾斯
    えきす
    extract (esp. of food, fruit, etc.) / essence [n] [abbr]
    new
    7803
  • 存知
    ぞんじ
    knowing [n] [hum]
    new
    7802
  • 伴天連, 破天連
    ばてれん
    Portuguese Jesuits (in Japan in the 16th century) (por: padre) / Christianity [n]
    new
    7801
  • 法務官
    ほうむかん
    legal officer / legal office / judge advocate (army) / praetor / pretor [n]
    new
    7800
  • 江に
    えに
    fate / destiny (esp. as a mysterious force that binds two people together) / relationship (e.g. between two people) / bond / link / connection / family ties / affinity [n]
    new
    7799
  • 加里
    かり
    potassium (col) potash [n] [abbr]
    new
    7798
  • 真秀呂場
    まほろば
    great and splendid land (of Yamato) / spiritual center of the land / one's spiritual home / excellent location / splendid place [n]
    new
    7797
  • 御目出度い, 御芽出度い
    おめでたい
    special / auspicious / happy / naive / inncocent / good-natured [n] [pol]
    new
    7796
  • 御存知, ご存知
    ごぞんじ
    knowing (an) acquaintance [n] [hon]
    new
    7795
  • 阿魔
    あま
    bitch [n] [derog]
    new
    7794
  • 雲井
    くもい
    sky / cloud / distant place / high place / imperial court [n] [arch]
    new
    7793
  • お芽出度う, 御芽出度う, 御目出度う
    おめでとう
    congratulations! / an auspicious occasion! [int]
    new
    7792
  • 鳧が付く
    けりがつく
    to be settled / to be brought to an end [exp,v5k]
    new
    7791
  • 流石は
    さすがは
    as one would expect [exp,adv]
    new
    7790
  • 夜露死苦, 宜敷く
    よろしく
    well / properly / suitably / best regards / please remember me / please treat me favorably (favourably) / please take care of [exp,adv]
    new
    7789
  • 鳧を付ける
    けりをつける
    to settle / to finish / to bring to an end [exp]
    new
    7788
  • 愛羅武勇
    あいらぶゆう
    I love you [exp] [sl]
    new
    7787
  • 発止
    はっし
    with a loud clack [adv-to] [arch]
    new
    7786
  • 強って, 達て
    たって
    strongly hoping or requesting (of something that is difficult to be brought to fruition) [adv,adj-no]
    new
    7785
  • 鱈腹
    たらふく
    to one's heart's content [adv]
    new
    7784
  • 不斗, 不図
    ふと
    suddenly / casually / accidentally / incidentally / unexpectedly / unintentionally [adv]
    new
    7783
  • 無手と
    むずと
    strongly / violently / with all one's strength [adv]
    new
    7782
  • 碌ずっぽ, 碌すっぽう
    ろくずっぽ, ろくすっぽう
    (before neg. verb) (not) enough / (in)sufficiently / (un)satisfactorily [adv]
    new
    7781
  • 流石に
    さすがに
    as one would expect / still / all the same [adv]
    new
    7780
  • 鳥渡
    ちょっと, ちょと
    just a minute / short time / just a little / somewhat / easily / readily / rather (before a verb in negative form) / (will not) easily / (int) hey! [adv]
    new
    7779
  • 奇天烈
    きてれつ
    very strange / odd / queer [adj-na,n]
    new
    7778
  • 愚図
    ぐず
    dullard / indecisive person [adj-na,n]
    new
    7777
  • 滅茶, 目茶
    めちゃ
    absurd / ridiculous / nonsense / excessive / extreme [adj-na,n]
    new
    7776
  • 箆棒, 篦棒
    べらぼう
    absurd / unreasonable / awful [adj-na]
    new
    7775
  • 真っ当
    まっとう
    proper / respectable / decent / honest [adj-na]
    new
    7774
  • 美事
    みごと
    splendid / magnificent / beautiful / admirable / (n) praiseworthy act / feat / commendable deed [adj-na]
    new
    7773
  • 端ない
    はしたない
    improper / immodest / disgraceful / shameful / vulgar / low [adj-i]
    new
    7772
  • 芽出度い
    めでたい
    happy / auspicious / propitious / joyous / naive [adj-i]
    new
    7771
  • 五月蠅い, 五月蝿い
    うるさい
    noisy / loud / fussy / annoying / troublesome / tiresome / importunate / bossy [adj-f]
    new
    7770
  • 誤魔化す
    ごまかす
    to deceive / to falsify / to misrepresent [v5s]
    new
    7769
  • 巫山戯る
    ふざける
    to romp / to gambol / to frolic / to joke / to make fun of / to flirt / to mess around / to screw around / to josh [v1]
    new
    7768
  • 試合
    しあい
    match / game / bout / contest [n,vs]
    new
    7767
  • 綱紀
    こうき
    law and order / discipline [n,vs]
    new
    7766
  • 背広
    せびろ
    business suit [n]
    new
    7764
  • 倶楽部
    くらぶ
    club / fraternity / sorority / clubhouse [n]
    new
    7763
  • 寿司
    すし
    (food) sushi / anything made with vinegared rice (may also contain vegetables, spices, fish, or other delicacies) [n]
    new
    7762
  • 布団
    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) [n]
    new
    7761
  • お目出度う
    おめでとう
    congratulations! / an auspicious occasion! [int]
    new
    7760
  • 無理矢理
    むりやり
    forcibly / against one's will [adv,n]
    new
    7759
  • 兎に角
    とにかく
    anyhow / at any rate / anyway / somehow or other / generally speaking / in any case [adv]
    new
    7758
  • 碌な
    ろくな
    satisfactory / decent [adj-pn]
    new
    7757
  • 腕白
    わんぱく
    naughtiness [adj-na,n]
    new
    7756
  • 無茶
    むちゃ
    absurd / unreasonable / excessive / rash / absurdity / nonsense [adj-na,n]
    new
    7755
  • 出鱈目
    でたらめ
    irresponsible utterance / nonsense / bullshit / codswallop / random / haphazard / unsystematic [adj-na,n]
    new
    7754
  • 流石
    さすが
    as one would expect / still / all the same / even... (e.g. "even a genius...") [adj-na,adv,n,adj-no]
    new
    7753
  • 端たない
    はしたない
    improper / immodest / disgraceful / shameful / vulgar / low [adj-i]
    new
    7752
  • 可愛い
    かわいい
    cute / adorable / charming / lovely / pretty / dear / precious / darling / pet / cute little / tiny [adj-i]
    new
    7751
  • 目出度い
    めでたい
    happy / auspicious / propitious / joyous / naive [adj-i]
    new
    7750
  • 貯古齢糖
    チョコレート
    chocolate [n]
    new
    7749
Ateji
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