An example of a ninja is Hattori Hanzo of Japan, a samurai who lived from 1542 to 1596, whose descendants published ninjutsu manuals.
Origin of ninjaJapanese
nounpl. ninja or nin·jas
Origin of ninjaJapanese : nin, to endure (from Early Middle Chinese &jnlig;in’; also the source of Mandarin rěn) + sha, person (from Middle Chinese t&shookr;ia´, pronoun for head of a relative clause; also the source of Mandarin zhě).
(plural ninja or ninjas)
- (martial arts, historical) A person trained primarily in stealth, espionage, assassination and the Japanese martial art of ninjutsu.
- 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.
- (slang) Juggalo version of the epithet "nigga".
- What up, my ninja!
(third-person singular simple present ninjas, present participle ninjaing, simple past and past participle ninjaed or ninja'd)
- To act in the manner of a ninja, especially in the areas of speed and power.
- (gaming, slang) 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!
- (Internet, slang) 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.
From Japanese å¿è€… (ninja), from Middle Chinese å¿ (nyÃn "to forbear")+ è€… (tÍ¡ÊƒÇ½ "-er", "one who does ~").