In attempting to write about wearing ankle weights for the day, I found myself at a loss for which verb was appropriate.

  • 巻く seems like it could be appropriate since they wrap around the ankle - in which case, it would also work for wrist weights. By this logic, I'd consider 着る for weighted vests, since they are worn like a normal vest with added straps.
  • 締める seems appropriate since they fasten with velcro and straps (which could also work for weighted vests and wrist weights).
  • 履く is a possibility since they're worn on the lower body, which would again make 着る the best option for weighted vests. I haven't the foggiest on which would be appropriate for wrist weights in this instance. する, maybe?

Which word would be appropriate for each type of weight?


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I would say:

ウェイトベストを【着る、着用する、maybe 装着する、つける】

  • I am not sure if the つける is 着ける or 付ける...
    – chocolate
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 5:56
  • I believe it can be either, as naruto demonstrates above. Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 6:07
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    So I'd use つける in Hiragana, like most people do on the Internet... (ウェイトをつけて>>156000 results, ウェイトを付けて>>99200, ウェイトを着けて>>4950)
    – chocolate
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 6:17
  • ウェイトを付ける/着ける is the safest, common choice in this case. Both for ankle and wrist weights.
  • ウェイトを巻く is fine if you want to use a more specific verb.
  • ウェイトを装着する is also OK, but may sound too technical in casual conversations.
  • ウェイトを締める is acceptable, but sounds a bit off. It's usually specifically used for belts.
  • ウェイトを着る: wrong.
  • ウェイトを履く: wrong because it's only for shoes and socks shoes, socks, trousers, underpants, etc.
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    – marasai
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 5:58
  • @marasai 仰る通りです…修正しました
    – naruto
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 6:01
  • Given that you mention 付ける/着ける are appropriate for wrist and ankle weights, would they be incorrect for weighted vests? Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 6:04
  • @jimbotherisenclown Sorry, I was not aware that you're also asking for vests. See choko's answer for that.
    – naruto
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 6:20

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