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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.



ワーホリ
[わーほり, waahori] a visa arrangement to let young people from certain countries take short-term jobs in Japan and young Japanese to do the same in the partner countries

ワイとキック
[わいときっく, waito kikku] the dead silence after a joke falls flat

若はげ
[わかはげ, waka-hage] premature balding (lit: young balding)

わくわくする
[わくわくする, waku waku suru] be excited; be aflutter

鷲鼻
[わしっぱな, washippana] hooked nose (lit.: eagle nose; not common among Japanese, but used in reference to Europeans)

ワッペン
[わっぺん, wappen] a badge or insignia

わでん
[わでん, waden] telephone (student slang; n.b.: inverted form of ‘denwa’)

わな
[わな, wana] setup, trap, trick

わなを仕掛ける
[わなをしかける, wana o kakeru] set a trap

笑いもん
[わらいもん, waraimon] laughing stock (lit.: laughing thing/person)

わりかし
[わりかし, warikashi] relatively; somewhat

割りに合う
[わりにあう, wari ni au] pay; pay for

割りのいい
[わりのいい, wari no ii] lucrative; profitable; paying

割りを食う
[わりをくう, wari o kuu] turn out badly for; be disadvantageous to someone


[わる, waru] wicked individual

割れ目ちゃん
[われめちゃん, wareme-chan] vagina (lit.: little crack)

ワン
[わん, wan] first base; kissing (lit.: one)

ワンウェー瓶
[わんうぇーびん, wanuee bin] non-returnable bottle

わんざ
[わんざ, wanza] in droves; swarms; thronging

ワンパターン
[わんぱたーん, wanpataan] stereotyped; predictable; in a rut (lit.: one pattern, from English)

ワンマン
[わんまん, wan-man] tyrant; boss (someone who has absolute control and authority in a given situation)

ワンレン
[わんれん, wanren] hair that is one length


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