Meaning

Primary

Short

Word Type

い adjective

Explanation

This is a single kanji with an on the end, meaning you know it's probably an adjective. What's the adjective form of short? It's short.

Reading

みじかい
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

Since this word consists of a kanji with hiragana attached, you can bet that it will use the kun'yomi reading. You didn't learn that reading with this kanji, so here's a mnemonic to help you:

What's a very short race? A midget car (みじか) race. Don't tell me you've never heard of midget car racing.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 〜が短い
  • 短い〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 時間が短い
    time is short
    気が短い
    short-tempered
    長さが短い
    the length is short
  • 短い物
    a short thing
    短い時間
    a short amount of time
    短い間
    a brief interval

Context Sentences

そのスカート、ちょっと短すぎるんじゃない?

Isn't that skirt a bit too short?

赤ちゃんが短い手足をバタバタさせてるのは本当にかわいい。

The baby's short, flailing arms and legs are so cute!

わぁ!あんたの尻尾が私より短いなんて、知らなかったわ。

Wah! I didn’t know your tail was shorter than mine.

Kanji Composition