Definitions for NINJAˈnɪn dʒə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nin•ja*ˈnɪn dʒə(n.)(pl.)-ja, -jas.

  1. a member of a feudal Japanese society of mercenaries who were highly trained in martial arts and stealth.

    Category: Western History, Common Vocabulary

* (often cap.).

Origin of ninja:

1960–65; < Japn, =nin- endure +-ja, comb. form of -sha person (< MChin, = Chin rěn+zhě)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ninja(noun)

    a member of the ninja who were trained in martial arts and hired for espionage or sabotage or assassinations; a person skilled in ninjutsu

  2. ninja(noun)

    a class of 14th century Japanese who were trained in martial arts and were hired for espionage and assassinations

Wiktionary

  1. ninja(Noun)

    A person trained primarily in stealth, espionage, assassination and the Japanese martial art of ninjutsu.

  2. ninja(Noun)

    A Mongolian amateurish private miner (mainly for gold); after the shape of the plastic bowls used to wash metal ore with mercury, roughly resembling one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

  3. ninja(Noun)

    Juggalo version of the epithet "nigga".

    What up, my ninja!

  4. ninja(Verb)

    To act in the manner of a ninja, especially in the areas of speed and power.

  5. ninja(Verb)

    To claim an item in a game by abusing game mechanics, often despite having no real need for the item or ability to use it.

    That damn warrior ninja'd an epic-quality wand even though he can't even use it!

  6. ninja(Verb)

    To post a response on a message board immediately before someone else unknowingly posts a response saying the same thing.

    When I answered the OP's question, I saw that Porthos had ninja'd me by posting the same answer just before I did.

Freebase

  1. Ninja

    A ninja or shinobi was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan who specialized in unorthodox warfare. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and assassination, and open combat in certain situations. Their covert methods of waging war contrasted the ninja with the samurai, who observed strict rules about honor and combat. The shinobi proper, a specially trained group of spies and mercenaries, appeared in the Sengoku or "warring states" period, in the 15th century, but antecedents may have existed in the 14th century, and possibly even in the 12th century. In the unrest of the Sengoku period, mercenaries and spies for hire became active in the Iga Province and the adjacent area around the village of Kōga, and it is from their ninja clans that much of our knowledge of the ninja is drawn. Following the unification of Japan under the Tokugawa shogunate, the ninja faded into obscurity, being replaced by the Oniwabanshū body of secret agents. A number of shinobi manuals, often centered around Chinese military philosophy, were written in the 17th and 18th centuries, most notably the Bansenshukai.


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