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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.



脳足りん
[のうたりん, nou-tarin] twit, jerk, brainless (lit.: brain lacking)

ノーパン
[のーぱん, noo-pan] used to describe various establishments where the waitresses wear short skirts and no underpants.

ノーブラ
[のーぶら, noobura] no bra (abbreviated form)

覗きや
[のぞきや, nozoki-ya] peeping Tom

のっぽ
[のっぽ, noppo] tall, gangly person

のどが渇く
[のどがかわく, nodo ga kawaku] be thirsty

野放しにする
[のばなしにする, no-banashi ni suru] let go; release

のび
[のび, nobi] thief; theft (used by yakuza; lit.: sneak, from the verb shinobu sneak)

のび師
[のびし, nobishi] thief (from nobi, theft, plus shi, master)

のみ行為
[のみこうい, nomi-koui] illegal bookmaking (a common yakuza activity)

飲み助
[のみすけ, nomisuke] drunkard; habitual drinker

蚤の夫婦
[のみのふうふ, nomi no fuufu] a little man with a big wife

野良猫
[のらねこ, nora-neko] stray cat

乗りかかった船
[のりかかったふね, norikakatta fune] too late

乗り出した船
[のりだしたふね, noridashita fune] we are in for it

暖簾と相撲
[のれんとすもう, noren to sumou] wrestling with a shop curtain; doing something pointlessly

鈍間
[のろま, noroma] dope, dullard

の割りに
[のわりに, no wari ni] considering; in consideration of

のんだくれ
[のんだくれ, nonda-kure] constant drunk; bum

のんびりさん
[のんびりさん, nonbiri-san] laid-back person

のんべい
[のんべい, nonbei] drunkard; habitual drinker


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