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  • Do you know the meaning of the word “sumo” – not the definition of it as wrestling, but the meaning of the word itself.

    thank you

    Paul

  • Thanks for the question, Paul.

    According to an edition of Kojien, the word originates from a verb ‘sumahu’ or ‘sumau’, an old word meaning ‘to fight’, hence, it means fighting according to the rules of sumo. Additionally, it can mean the fighters themselves (‘sumo-tori’, or ‘rikishi’). I will continue below.

  • I presume your question is about the real life usage of this word in Japanese. In my understanding, the word’s dominant meaning in real life is the same as the dictionary definition; it denotes the ‘sport’ of sumo. I hope that answers your question.

    Yuka