[nin-juht-soo, -joo t-]
- See under ninja.
Also nin·jit·su [nin-jit-soo] /nɪnˈdʒɪt su/.
Origin of ninjutsu
< Japanese, equivalent to nin- endure + -jutsu technique; see ninja
- (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.
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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- (sometimes capital) a person skilled in ninjutsu, a Japanese martial art characterized by stealthy movement and camouflage
Word Origin for ninja
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