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U+3069, ど
HIRAGANA LETTER DO
Composition: [U+3068] + [U+3099]

[U+3068]
Hiragana
[U+306A]
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Japanese

Stroke order

Syllable

(romaji do)

  1. The hiragana syllable (do). Its equivalent in katakana is (do).
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Etymology 2

Appears to be a relatively recent innovation. In mainstream Japanese, this prefix is used as an intensifier. In the Kansai region, the meaning has further developed to convey more negative overtones.[1][2]

The ultimate derivation is unclear. This may be an extension of the noun (do, degree, extent).

Prefix

(romaji do-)

  1. super-
    あほ
    do-aho
    dumbass
    • 2015, 谷川ニコ, 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い!喪79, ガンガンONLINE:
       () (はし)のやわらかさは小学生 (しょうがくせい)のおっぱいと (おな)じ… まじかよ 京都人 (きょうとじん)って変態 (へんたい)だな…
      Yatsuhashi no yawarakasa wa shōgakusei no oppai to onaji… maji ka yo Kyōto-jin tte do-hentai da na…
      Yatsuhashi are as soft as the tits of an elementary schooler… You serious? Kyoto must be seriously perverted…

Etymology 3

Reading of various kanji characters.

Noun

(romaji do)

  1. : degree, extent

Prefix

(romaji do-)

  1. : indeterminate prefix, used to form question words such as 何れ (dore, which, literally which one) or 何処 (doko, where, literally what place)

Suffix

(romaji -do)

  1. : (geometry) degree of an angle; degree in temperature; number of times; percentage of alcohol concentration

References

  1. 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9