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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.



ミーハー
[みーはー, miihaa] overly fascinated with and impressed by celebrities

見栄っ張り
[みえっぱり, mieppari] showoff (lit.: displaying oneself)

身がいる
[みがいる, mi ga iru] be interested in

身から出た錆び
[みからでたさび, mi kara deta sabi] have no one to blame but oneself

ミス
[みす, misu] mistake

ミスコン
[みすこん, misu-kon] beauty contest

ミスターレティー
[みすたーれでぃー, misutaa redei] male transvestite

ミスマッチ
[みすまっち, misumatchi] mismatch; bad choice

水をあける
[みずをあける, mizu o akeru] have a small lead; be ahead by a bit

水を差す
[みずをさす, mizu o sasu] throw water on; cool down

未曾有
[みぞう, mizou] unprecedented

味噌をつける
[みそをつける, miso o tsukeru] make a mess of something

道草を食う
[みちくさをくう, michikusa o kuu] waste time while doing an errand

ミツガ君
[みつがくん, mitsugi-kun] a boyfriend who gives gifts to his girlfriend (lit.: contributor guy; n.b.: used by women in a ranking system)

みつぐ君
[みつぐくん, mitsugu-kun] a young man who gives his girlfriend any designer goods she wants

三つ口
[みつぐち, mitsuguchi] hairlipped person (lit.: three mouths)

三つ子の魂百まで
[みつこのたましいひゃくまで, mitsuko no tamashii hyaku made] as the boy, so the man

みっともない
[みっともない, mittomonai] shaby looking; poor in appearance

水底の針を探す
[みなそこのはりをさがす, minasoko no hari o sagasu] look for a needle in a haystack

身に毛がよだつ
[みにけがよだつ, mi ni ke ga yodatsu] be fightened; hair-raising

ミニコミ
[みにこみ, mini-komi] communications within a small range

ミニスカ
[みにすか, mini suka] miniskirt

身になる
[みになる, mi ni naru] do a person good; be beneficial

身の上相談
[みのうえそうだん, mi no ue no soudan] a discussion about personal matters

身の内と宝は朽ちることなし
[みのうちとたからはくちることなし, mi no uchi to takara wa kuchiru koto nashi] treasures of the mind do not decay

身の下相談
[みのしたそうだん, mi no shita soudan] a discussion about sexual matters (usually among girls) (a pun on mi no ue soudan)

耳新しい
[みみあたらしい, mini-atarashii] news

耳が痛い
[みみがいたい, mimi ga itai] hear something bad about oneself

耳学問をする
[みみがくもんをする, mimi gakumon o suru] to learn by listening

耳が肥える
[みみがこえる, mimi ga koeru] have a trained ear

耳が近い
[みみがちかい, mimi ga chikai] hear well

耳が遠い
[みみがとおい, mimi ga tooi] be deaf; hear poorly

耳が速い
[みみがはやい, mimi ga hayai] hear well

耳が横につく
[みみがよこにつく, mimi ga yoko ni tsuku] listen well

耳に逆らう
[みみにさからう, mimi ni sakarau] oppose; be distasteful

耳に熟する
[みみにじゅくする, mimi ni juku suru] hear and understand well

耳にする
[みみにする, mimi ni suru] hear; catch wind of; hear by chance; hear by accident

耳に蛸ができる
[みみにたこができる, mimi ni tako ga dekiru] talk someone’s ear off

耳の穴を掘ってよく聞け
[みみのあなをほってよくきけ, mimi no ana o hotte yoku ake] listen attentively

耳の痛いここを言う
[みみのいたいここをいう, mimi no itai koko o iu] say something unpleasant

耳より
[みみより, mimi yori] pleasing, encouraging

耳を貸さない
[みみをかさない, mimi o kasanai] turn a deaf ear

耳を貸す
[みみをかす, mimi o kasu] lend one’s ear to; give ear to

耳を傾ける
[みみをかたむける, mimi o katamukeru] listen attentively; listen closely

耳を澄ませる
[みみをすませる, mimi o sumaseru] prick up one’s ears; listen carefully

宮仕え
[みやづかえ, miyazukae] ironic way to describe working for a private enterprise

ミルク
[みるく, miruku] semen; come; spunk (lit.: milk)

ミルクタンク
[みるくたんく, miruku tanku] breats; tits; boobs (lit.: milk tanks)

身を締める
[みをしめる, mi o shimeru] hide; hide out

身を任す
[みをまかす, mi o makasu] have sex (lit.: yield the body)


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