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Grammar detail: 〜気味(ぎみ)

〜気味(ぎみ) - ~like
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ぎみ
気味
means
~like, ~looking
ぎみ
気味
is a suffix that turns a verb or noun into an adjective meaning 'looking like' the original verb / noun.
きんちょう
緊張
ぎみ
気味
せきばら
咳払
した
Looking nervous, he cleared his throat.
かれ
いくぶん
ふと
ぎみ
気味

He is on the heavy side.
気味 is sometimes encountered in kana, but the kanji form is more common.
気味 is also often used to indicate a touch of something - for example, a slight cold, or a touch of fever.
かのじょ
彼女
かぜぎみ
風邪気味
った

She said she had a slight cold.
on its own means 'tendency' or 'sensation', so it is also found as part of set expressions such as (weird) and (just desserts). In set expressions, the き tends to be voiced き; when used as a suffix, it changes to ぎ.
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Kanji used in this grammar

キ   ケ    spirit   
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ミ   あじ taste   あじわう to taste   
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フ   ブ    not   
キン    tight, tense, hard   
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チョウ   は to stretch   
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せき a cough   
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フツ    to pay; to dispose of   はら to pay   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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タ   タイ   ふと fat   ふと to get fat, to put on weight   
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ジョ   ニョ   ニョウ   woman; female   おんな woman   め woman   
フ   フウ   かぜ wind   かざ-    
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ジャ    evil, wrong   
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ゲン   ゴン   say; word   こと word, saying   い to say   
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