Mōtō-nai (毛頭ない – Least of All)

  • Mōtō-nai


    When denying something strongly, we sometimes say mōtō-nai (毛頭ない) by adding mōtō (毛頭) to the negative term nai (ない).

    Since (毛) means “hair” and (頭) means “head,” the literal meaning of mōtō-nai is “there is no tip of a hair.”
    「毛」は “hair”、「頭」は “head” を意味するので、「毛頭ない」の文字どおりの意味は「毛の先ほどもない」となります。

    Here, “tip of a hair” implies a very small or slight thing.

    You can also say ke-hodo mo nai (毛ほどもない) instead of mōtō-nai by using the terms ke (毛 – “hair”) and hodo (ほど/程 – “degree”).
    “Degree” を表す「ほど」を使って「毛ほどもない」のように言うこともあります。

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