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Japanese Slang





This dictionary is a comprehensive and in-depth look at all the slang, vulgarisms, curses, and insults, plus idioms and expressions and a lot more, available in Japanese. Every effort has been made to keep it current and relevant, though of course older slang also remains in here for those who enjoy films, television, and books from years past. If you like anime or other modern Japanese entertainment or are planning to live, work, or travel in Japan, you'll find many of the words and phrases used in here. As always with slang, be careful using what you hear; it may not work quite the way you expect.



ボイハント
[ぼいはんと, boi-hanto] cruising for boys

ぼいん
[ぼいん, boin] breats; tits; boobs

ポイントメーク
[ぽいんとめーく, pointo meeku] making up only parts of one’s face instead of doing a full make-up job

ホームエステ
[ほーむえすて, hoomu esute] a service that goes to clients’ homes to give beauty treatments

ホームセンター
[ほーむせんたー, hoomu sentaa] home center

ホームドラマ
[ほーむどらま, hoomu dorama] soap opera

ホームドレス
[ほーむどれす, hoomu doresu] house dress, plain dress for everyday wear

ボキャ貧
[ぼきゃひん, bokyabin] lacking the words to say what one wants to say

ポケバイ
[ぽけばい, pokebai] a very small motorbike

ポケベル
[ぽけべる, poke-beru] pager, beeper

ほし
[ほし, hoshi] suspect; criminal (shortened form of ‘zuboshi,’ meaning bull’s eye)

ほし
[ほし, hoshi] target, perp, killer

ほしぼどう
[ほしぼどう, hoshibudou] nipples (esp. of older women; lit.: raisin)

ぼず
[ぼず, bozu] boy, kid

ホストクラブ
[ほすとくらぶ, hosuto kurabu] sex industry clubs where men can meet so-called hostesses who serve their various needs

ボタン
[ぼたん, botan] clitoris (lit.: button)

ぼっきする
[ぼっきする, bokki suru] become erect; get hard

ぼっきんぐ
[ぼっきんぐ, bokkingu] erection; erect (penis)

ボックス
[ぼっくす, bokkusu] vagina

ほっとく
[ほっとく, hottoku] let it be; leave it; let it go

ホットボックス
[ほっとぼっくす, hotto bokkusu] a container for keeping oshibori (hot towelettes given at restaurants) warm (no connection to aisu bokkusu)

ぽつりぽつり
[ぽつりぽつり, potsuri potsuri] bit by bit; little by little

ボディコン
[ぼでぃこん, bodeikon] body-consciousness; a young woman who is preoccupied with her sex appeal

ポテチ
[ぽてち, potechi] potato chip


[ほとけ, hotoke] dead body; corpse (lit.: Buddha)

骨おしみ
[ほねおしみ, hone-oshimi] lazy, sloth, indolent

骨折り
[ほねおり, hone-ori] exertion, labor; service

骨なし男
[ほねなしおとこ, hone-nashi-otoko] spineless person

骨になる
[ほねになる, hone ni naru] die

骨抜き
[ほねぬき, hone-nuki] coward; spineless

骨のある男
[ほねのあるおとこ, hone no aru otoko] a man of spirit

骨休み
[ほねやすみ, hone-yasumi] rest, relaxation

ホモ
[ほも, homo] homosexual; gay man

ホモだち
[ほもだち, homo-dachi] male homosexual lover

ほもる
[ほもる, homoru] have homosexual sex (from the word ‘homo,’ meaning homosexual)

ぼや
[ぼや, boya] boy, kid

ぼや
[ぼや, boya] penis (lit.: boy, son)

ほら吹き
[ほらふき, hora-fuki] show-off

ほらを吹く
[ほらをふく, hora o fuku] talk big; toot one's own horn

ポリこう
[ぽりこう, porikou] cop; copper (n.b.: insulting term that combines porisuman [from English] and the derogative ‘kou’)

惚れる
[ほれる, horeru] have a crush on

ぼろい商売
[ぼろいしょうばい, boroi shoubai] easy money

ホワイトディィ
[ほわいとでぃい, howaito deii] March 14, when men are supposed to give women a return present for the chocolate

本気
[ほんき, honki] earnest, serious, intent on

ぽんこつ
[ぽんこつ, ponkotsu] worn-out; outdated; useless; junk

ポン中
[ぽんちゅう, pon-chuu] addict (to stimulants) (lit.: heroin addict; pon is short for hiropon)

本当のことを言ったら
[ほんとうのことをいったら, hontou no koto o ittara] tell the truth

本の虫
[ほんのむし, hon no mushi] bookworm

本番
[ほんばん, honban] intercourse; sex (in the context of prostitution and ‘soaplands’; in general, ‘honban’ means main event)

ほんま
[ほんま, honma] really

本命君
[ほんめいくん, honmei-kun] a boyfriend who is the one for his girlfriend (lit.: real thing guy; n.b.: used by women in a ranking system)

本命チョコ
[ほんめいちょこ, honmei choko] chocolate given by a woman on Valentine's Day to express her interest in or desire for a guy


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