可愛い

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  • かわいい kawaii
  • obsolete reading
    かわゆい kawayui

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  • usually written using kana aloneい adjective
    cute, adorable, charming, lovely, pretty
    • usually written using kana alone
      dear, precious, darling, pet
      • usually written using kana alone
        innocent, childlike, childish, lovable
        • usually written using kana alone
          dainty, cute little, tiny

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          • 5 strokes

            can, passable, mustn't, should not, do not

          • 13 strokes

            love, affection, favourite

          Adjective declension

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          Plain
          Present可愛い - かわいい (kawaii) 
          Negative可愛くない - かわいくない (kawaikunai) 
          Past可愛かった - かわいかった (kawaikatta) 
          Past negative可愛くなかった - かわいくなかった (kawaikunakatta) 
          Te form可愛くて - かわいくて (kawaikute) 
          Adverbial可愛く - かわいく (kawaiku) 
          Polite
          Present可愛いです - かわいいです (kawaiidesu) 
          Negative可愛くありません - かわいくありません (kawaikuarimasen) 
          Past可愛かったです - かわいかったです (kawaikattadesu) 
          Past negative可愛くありませんでした - かわいくありませんでした (kawaikuarimasendeshita) 

          Example sentences

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          • Japanese sentence

            私にとって子供たちは目の中に入れてもいたくないほどかわいいのです。 

            Sentence analysis
            English translation

            My children are very precious to me.

          • Japanese sentence

            ゆりかごで眠っているかわいい赤ちゃんをご覧なさい。 

            Sentence analysis
            English translation

            Look at the cute little baby sleeping in the cradle.

          • Japanese sentence

            ジルはかわいいだけでなく頭もよい。 

            Sentence analysis
            English translation

            Jill is smart as well as pretty.

          • Japanese sentence

            この世にかわいい子はただ一人、母親にとってはそれはわが子。 

            Sentence analysis
            English translation

            There's only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.