Meaning

Primary

To Get Spilled

Alternatives

To Spill, To Fall Out, To Overflow

Word Type

intransitive verb, ichidan verb

Explanation

This word consists of kanji with hiragana attached. Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb.

This is an intransitive verb, so this verb means to get spilled, to fall out, or to overflow.

Reading

こぼれる
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

Since this word has okurigana (hiragana attached to the kanji) you know that it's probably going to be the kun'yomi reading.

Lucky for you, the kanji readings for transitive and intransitive verbs are almost always the same. Once you learn one, you know them both! This reading is the same as 零す.

Context

Context Sentences

おならをした瞬間、目から涙が零れた。

At the moment I farted, a teardrop fell out of my eyes.

ソファに紅茶が零れてるんだけど!誰が犯人だ?

Someone spilled tea on the couch! Who's the guilty one?

窓から美しいメロディが零れてきた。

A beautiful melody spilled out from the window.

Kanji Composition