巨 (Giant) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

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巨 (Giant) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

The kanji 巨 means giant, huge, big.

巨 is mostly used as a prefix to mean something huge or enormous.

In this post we learn in detail the meaning of 巨, its origin, and how it is used through real example sentences.


Origin of the kanji 巨

The kanji 巨 is a radical of 5 strokes.

One of the possible origins of this kanji is 工, which is itself a radical of 4 strokes indicating a construction.

What does kanji mean 巨

The kanji 巨 is used alone to indicate something giant or huge. As a combined suffix with other kanji 巨 it adds a sense of something really big and enormous.

Examples are useful to clarify this use of the kanji 巨:

  • (きょ)(じん): giant (creature): literally huge man
  • (きょ)(ぼく): big tree

Kanji readings 巨

Let's now see the various On and Kun readings that the kanji 巨 assumes.

On readings of the kanji 巨 🇨🇳

きょ

The only reading that the kanji 巨 assumes is きょ. This reading is therefore used both for the kanji alone (きょ), which means huge, and in combination with other kanji.

Some words that use the kanji 巨 reading きょ are:

  • (きょ)(たい): giant body
  • (きょ)(がく): huge sum (of money)
  • (きょ)(がん): giant stone

Examples of the kanji 巨

(とう)(きょう)(きょ)(だい)()()です。

Tokyo is a huge city.

トムは(きょ)(だい)(いえ)()んでいる。

Tom lives in a huge house.

こうして(きょ)(あく)(かん)(ぜん)(ほろ)びました。

In this way the great demon was completely annihilated.

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