Definition of つい



  • just (now)
  • quite (near)
  • unintentionally; unconsciously; by mistake; against one's better judgement (judgment)

Example Sentences

D-drat! I didn't mean to let that slip..
Then, although it was dreary up to the other day, everywhere were flowers, flowers, flowers.
Don't you find yourself reaching for things with '20% extra' written on them?
Only the other day in a railway accident, without the time to send out a mayday, many people lost their lives.
The king of this country isn't a person, but a divine beast with three pairs of wings said to be in far away in the sky.

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