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渋い, 澁い


adjective (keiyoushi)
  • astringent
  • bitter
  • puckery
  • rough
  • harsh
  • tart
  • austere
  • elegant (and unobtrusive)
  • refined
  • quiet (and simple)
  • sober
  • sombre
  • subdued
  • tasteful (in a quiet way)
  • understated
  • sour (look)
  • glum
  • grim
  • sullen
  • sulky
  • stingy
  • tight-fisted


Present 渋い
Negative 渋くない
Past 渋かった
Past Negative 渋くなかった
Te Form 渋くて

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For my tastes, I'd prefer plainer, or rather, more tasteful clothing.
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