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U+305C, ぜ
HIRAGANA LETTER ZE
Composition: [U+305B] + [U+3099]

[U+305B]
Hiragana
[U+305D]
See also: , , and

Japanese

Stroke order

Syllable

(romaji ze)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ze). Its equivalent in katakana is (ze).
See also

Etymology 2

Appears in the Edo Period as alteration from older zoe, itself likely rendaku (連濁) applied to the stem soe of verb 添える, 副える (soeru, to add or attach to something else). See also そえに (soe ni, what's more, furthermore, in addition), さえ (sae, also).

Particle

(romaji ze)

  1. (colloquial) sentence-ending particle signifying emphasis
Usage notes

Similar to (zo), is mostly used by males. Unlike , is never considered polite, and is considered somewhat more forceful and rougher or informal than .

Etymology 3

Reading of various kanji.

Noun

(romaji ze)

  1. : approval, agreement

Suffix

(romaji -ze)

  1. : (honorific) suffix attached to certain nouns referring to people