Meaning of Hima in Japanese

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Hima is a Japanese word meaning time or leisure. Learn more about its pronunciation and usage in the Japanese language below.


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time; time to spare; leisure; free time; a leave (of absence)

Japanese Characters

暇 (ひま)

Example & Translation

Here's an example of how hima is used in a sentence:

Isogashikute, shinbun o yomu hima mo nai.


In English: I am too busy to read a newspaper.

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