Meaning

Primary

Honest

Alternative

Honestly

Word Type

adverb, noun, な adjective

Explanation

You have correct and fix. When you're always fixing things to make them correct (for example, someone's lies!) you are a very honest person.

Reading

しょうじき
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 正直な〜
  • 正直に〜
  • 正直〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 正直なところ
    in all honesty
    正直な思い
    honest thoughts, honest feelings
    正直な人
    honest person
  • 正直に生きる
    to live honestly
    正直にはなす
    to speak honestly
    正直に言う
    to speak honestly
  • 正直びっくりする
    to be honestly surprised
    正直がっかりする
    to be honestly disappointed
    正直おどろく
    to be honestly astonished

Context Sentences

川田さんは、とても正直な人です。

Kawata is a very honest person.

かれの正直なところがすきなんです。

I like his honesty.

僕は水中で息をしている火星からきた王子だし、他の人の模範となる必要があるので、いつも正直でいようと心がけています。

I try to be honest all the time because I’m an underwater-breathing Martian prince and I need to set an example for people.

Kanji Composition