The meaning of kaze (風, 風邪) in Japanese and how to use it

This article will give you all of the knowledge you need on the Japanese word kaze, including its Japanese definition and translation, example sentences, and more!

What does kaze mean?

Kaze means wind (written 風) or common cold (風邪) in Japanese. As a sound-poor language, there are lot of Japanese words sharing the same sound that have totally different meanings. In writing, you can often tell these terms apart based on their kanji characters.

Note that the phrase kaze ga tsuyoi, literally the wind is strong, means windy.

Below, we take a look at some examples of how to use kaze (かぜ) in Japanese.

To make it easier for you, I have written each sentence in full Japanese kanji on the first line, followed by roman letters (romaji), and hiragana, with the English meaning coming last.

Kaze meaning 1 = Wind

The Japanese word kaze can mean either wind or common cold.

Kyou wa kaze ga tsuyoi ne.
It’s windy today, isn’t it? (lit: the wind is strong today, isn’t it?)

Kotoshi no aki ni wa kaze ga tsuyokatta.
We had some strong wind in the fall this year.

Kion wa hikuku wa nai kedo, kaze ga tsumetai.
The temperature isn’t low, but there’s a wind chill.

Taifuu de wa, kaze no chikara de kuruma ga outen suru koto mo aru.
In typhoons, the wind‘s power can sometimes flip cars over.

Kaze meaning 2 = Common cold

The Japanese word kaze can mean either wind or common cold.

Kaze wa sukoshi yoku natta.
My cold has gotten a little better.

Daijyoubu? Kaze hiita?
Are you alright? Did you catch a cold?

Kazegusuri wo tsukaikittara oshiete. Mata kau kara.
Let me know when you’ve used up the cold medicine. Then I’ll buy some more.

Senshuu, kaze ga hidokute, shigoto no hi wa jigoku mitai datta.
せんしゅう, かぜがひどくて、しごとのひはじごくみたいだった。
I had a really bad cold last week, so workdays felt like hell.