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Particle, emphasizes preceding word or phrase
1. it is ... that ..., precisely, in particular, definitely, for sure, only (when, after, because, etc.)
as こそあれ, こそすれ, こそするが, etc.
2. although, while, it is the case that ... but
after conditional -ba form of verb
3. it is precisely because ... that ..., only because ...
formal or literary term, after -nai stem of verb + ば
4. not at all, not in the slightest, absolutely not, never
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くっそ, 苦蘇, こそ, クッソ, コソ
Usually in kana
kousso (African flowering plant, Hagenia abyssinica), kosso, cusso, koso, brayera
カツ, こそ.げる, けず.る
scrape off
子育て, こそだて
Takes suru
child rearing, child raising, raising children, parenting
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コソ, コソヴォ
姑息, こそ
NA-adjective, Colloquialism
1. underhanded, unfair
orig. meaning
2. makeshift, stopgap
古層, こそ
layers of history
コソ, クッソ花, 苦蘇花, コソ, クッソか
See 苦蘇, Obscure term
kousso (vermifuge made from pistillate brayera flowers), kosso, cusso, koso
固相, こそ
See 液相, See 気相, Chemistry term
solid phase
個装, こそ
individual packaging, unit packaging
こそ, 刮ぐ
Godan verb, Transitive, See 刮げる, Usually in kana
to scrape off, to shave off
鼓譟, 鼓騒, こそ
Takes suru, Obscure term
1. motivating the troops on the battlefield with war drums and war cries
2. making an uproar
刮げる, こそげる
Ichidan verb, Transitive
to scrape off, to shave off
Linguistics terminology
Japanese ko-so-a-do demonstratives (e.g. pronouns: kore, sore, are, dore)
子操作, こそうさ
Computer terminology
Adverb, See こっそり, See こそこそ, Onomatopoeic or mimetic word
stealthily, secretly
Conjunction, Particle
Takes suru, See こっそり, See アド・2, Slang, from こっそり + アドレス
secretly exchanging e-mail addresses
Conjunction, Particle, See こそあれ, used for contrasting phrases
and, although, but
こそぐる, 擽る, 擽ぐる
Godan verb, Transitive, See 擽る・くすぐる・1, Usually in kana, Obscure term
to tickle
こそこそ, コソコソ
Adverb, Adverb taking the 'to' particle, Takes suru, See こっそり, Onomatopoeic or mimetic word
sneakily, secretly, stealthily, on the sly
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小袖, こそ
historical term
1. short sleeved kimono (worn as an undergarment during the Heian period)
2. padded silk garment
こそ, コソ泥, こそどろ, コソどろ
See こそこそ泥棒, Abbreviation
sneak thief, petty thief, cat burglar
呼損率, こそんりつ
Computer terminology
blocking ratio
こそげ取る, 刮げ取る, こそげとる
Godan verb, Transitive, See 刮げる
to scrape off
コソコソ話, こそこそ話, コソコソばなし, こそこそばなし
whispered conversation, whispering
枯草熱, こそうねつ
See 花粉症, Obsolete term
hay fever, pollinosis (allergy to pollen)
古筝, 古箏, こそ
Guzheng (type of ancient Chinese zither)
こそこそ泥棒, こそこそどろぼう
See こそ泥, Obscure term
sneak thief, petty thief, cat burglar
小袖料, こそでりょう
See 御袴料
betrothal money given from man to woman
コソボ共和国, コソボきょうわこく
Republic of Kosovo
枯燥, こそ
Takes suru
drying up, parching
子育て支援, こそだてしえん
child-rearing assistance, support for young parents, child-care allowance
枯草菌, こそうきん
hay bacillus (Bacillus subtilis), grass bacillus
こそばゆい, こそばい, こしょばい
1. ticklish
2. embarrassed, awkward, ill at ease (esp. when receiving public praise)