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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.



睡魔が襲う
[すいまがおそう, suima ga osou] fall asleep suddenly; nod off; suffer a nap attack

ずーずーしい
[ずーずーしい, zuuzuushii] impudent, presumptuous

スーハー物
[すーはーものもの, suuhaamono] cheap porno film (from the ‘su’ and ‘ha’ sounds of actors having sex and orgasms)

すかしっぺ
[すかしっぺ, sukashippe] silent fart

姿を隠す
[すがたをかくす, sugata o kakusu] disappear

好きにする
[すきにする, suki ni suru] do as you like

スキン
[すきん, sukin] condom; rubber

スキンレディー
[すきんれでぃー, sukin redei] a saleswoman who goes door to door selling condoms

すけたち
[すけたち, suketachi] backer, assistant, helper

助っ人をする
[すけっとをする, suketto o suru] back; help; assist

すけ番
[すけばん, sukebab] female leader of a group of delinquent girls

すけべい
[すけべい, sukebei] sleazy; scummy; letch (n.b.: comes from the word ‘suki,’ meaning love or like, combined with a common male name ending, ‘bei,’in the 1800s)

すけべい爺
[すけべいじじい, sukebei-jijii] dirty old man

すけべい話
[すけべいばなし, sukebei-banashi] dirty talk

寿司詰めの
[すしづめの, sushizume no] packed like sardines

すじもん
[すじもん, sujimon] yakuza; Japanese gangster (n.b.: shortened from of suji, meaning ‘group,’ and ‘mono,’ meaning person)

雀の涙
[すずめのなみだ, suzume no namida] a very small quantity

スタバー
[すたばー, sutabaa] Starbucks (abbreviated form)

スタバル
[すたばる, sutabaru] go to Starbucks (a verb formed from the the Japanese name for Starbucks, sutabakkusu; student slang)

スタンガン
[すたんがん, sutan gan] stun gun; taser

スッシイ君
[すっしいくん, susshi-kun] a boyfriend who buys sushi for his girlfriend (lit.: sushi guy)

スッチ
[すっち, succhi] short for “stewardess”

捨て犬
[すていぬ, sute-inu] abandoned dog

素敵
[すてき, suteki] wonderful, great; hot

捨てたもんじゃない
[すてたもんじゃない, suteta mon ja nai] nothing to sneeze at be

捨て猫
[すてねこ, sute-neko] abandoned cat

ストぱー
[すとぱー, suto-paa] straight perm

ストリートガール
[すとりーとがーる, sutoriito gaaru] street walker; pro (from the English)

砂を噛む
[すなをかむ, suna o kamu] have an unpleasant experience

脛一本、腕一本
[すねいっぽん、うでいっぽん, sune ippon, ude ippon] be entirely on one’s own

脛に傷
[すねにきず, sune ni kizu] have a guilty conscience

スノボ
[すのぼ, sunobo] snowboarding (abbreviated form)

スパファク
[すぱふぁく, supa faku] student slang for the restaurant chain “Spaghetti Factory”

図太い
[ずぶとい, zubutoi] brazen, audacious

ずぼし
[ずぼし, zuboshi] right on (lit.: bull’s eye)

スポドリ
[すぽどり, supo-dori] sports drink

スリー
[すりー, surii] sex; having sex; home run (lit.: three)

スリーダー
[すりーだー, suriidaa] a three-wheeled bicycle

ずりせん
[ずりせん, zurisen] masturbation (lit.: stroking 1000 times; n.b.: applies to men only)

ずんぐり
[ずんぐり, zunguri] a short, fat, ugly person


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