🌏 Region(s): Honshu (Standard), Kanto (Tokyo)
ばか・バカ【馬鹿】 : baka | define meaning
- (As a noun) Idiot; moron; fool; stupid; dolt; tool; jerk
"An idiot", "A fool", "A tool"
anata wa baka ka?
"Are you an idiot?"
- (As a na-adjective) Stupid; silly; ridiculous; foolish; nonsense; negligible
baka na koto o iu
"to speak nonsense", "to say silly things"
baka na hito
baka na mane
- (As a concept) Stupidity; folly; foolishness; horseplay
The Kanji for this term are considered Ateji, meaning they bear no relation to the meaning, but are used for their pronunciation. Other former spellings include 莫迦, 母嫁, 馬嫁 and 破家. No exact origin has been accepted, but different theories propose that the term originates from either Chinese, Sanskrit or Japanese itself.
The term ばか【馬鹿】 baka is common in ordinary Japanese and is not considered as pejorative as its English counterparts.