Meaning

Primary

To Be Distressed

Alternatives

To Be Troubled, To Be Perplexed, To Be Annoyed

Word Type

intransitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

This word consists of kanji with hiragana attached. Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means distressed and troubled. The verb versions of those are to be distressed and to be troubled.

Reading

こまる
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

If someone seems to be distressed maybe someone they know is in a coma (こま). Not too many things are more distressing and troubling than that.

Context

Context Sentences

タンがのどに絡んで困っています。

Phlegm is stuck in my throat and it's annoying me.

日本語を勉強していますが、名詞や助詞などの意味が分からなくて困っています。

I am studying Japanese, but I am in trouble because I don't understand the meanings of nouns, particles, and so on.

「どうして遅くまでお店を開けておけないの?」「すみませんが、私に言われても困ります。私はただここで働いているだけなので。」

"Why don’t you stay open later?" "Sorry, it’s not really my call. I just work here."

Kanji Composition