ninja

[ nin-juh ]
/ ˈnɪn dʒə /

noun, plural nin·ja, nin·jas.

(often initial capital letter) a member of a feudal Japanese society of mercenary agents, highly trained in martial arts and stealth (ninjutsu), who were hired for covert purposes ranging from espionage to sabotage and assassination.
a person who is expert or highly skilled in a specified field or activity (often used attributively): marketing ninjas; ninja gamers.

Nearby words

  1. ninhydrin,
  2. ninhydrin reaction,
  3. ninian,
  4. ninib,
  5. ninigi,
  6. ninja loan,
  7. ninjitsu,
  8. ninjutsu,
  9. ninny,
  10. ninnyhammer

Origin of ninja

< 1960–65; Japanese, equivalent to nin- endure + -ja, combining form of -sha person (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese rěn + zhě)

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ninja

/ (ˈnɪndʒə) /

noun plural -ja or -jas

(sometimes capital) a person skilled in ninjutsu, a Japanese martial art characterized by stealthy movement and camouflage

Word Origin for ninja

Japanese

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