The Meaning of ‘Ippai

  • The Meaning of ‘Ippai


    Yesterday, I introduced you to the Japanese phrase ‘ippai kuwasu‘ (一杯食わす), which means to deceive someone thoroughly.

    In that post, I explained that ‘ippai‘ (一杯) means “a cup of something” or “a bowl of something.”
    その中で、「一杯」は “a cup of something” や “a bowl of something” を意味すると説明しました。

    In fact, since ‘i/ichi‘ (一) means “one” and ‘hai/pai‘ (杯) means “cup” or “bowl,” the literal meaning of ippai is as described above.
    実際、「一」は “one,” 「杯」は “cup” や “bowl” を意味するので、文字通りの意味は前述のとおりとなります。

    However, when you use ippai as an adverb or an adjective, its meaning becomes “full” or “many.”

    In this case, the characters 一杯 implies that a cup/bowl is full of something.

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