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The character doesn't know how to ride a bike and tries to remember what his friend was doing when starting the vehicle.

He then says to himself :


I can't find any info on グリッて, what does it mean?

  • I can't seem to find anything either. I think it could be an idea (if you can) to include a picture/scan of the actual sentence, just in case. Well, I found this : doramani645.blog135.fc2.com/blog-entry-525.html but I am not sure it is related.
    – Urukann
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 8:28
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    – chocolate
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 8:35
  • Not sure if this is relevant, but jisho.org suggestsグリップ (adding プ to get "grip"), which might make sense in the context of this image.
    – GoBusto
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 9:10
  • I don't think グリップ is related & @Choco has the answer (which she should go ahead and post! Welcome back!).
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 9:44

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This グリって is a mimetic adverb (擬態語) which is basically the same as グリグリ(と):


It's similar to グルグル(と)/グルっと which describes how something rotates smoothly. But グリグリ refers to a more forceful, unsmooth movement/rotation.

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    I feel グリグリ when I rotate my notched mouse wheel back and forth. Commented May 22, 2015 at 5:06

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