I mentioned こんこん to a native speaker, and he hadn't heard it before.

Is こんこん the standard onomatopoeia for foxes? If not, what does the fox say?


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「こんこん」 is just about the only onomatopoeia for a fox's cry. It is difficult to believe what your native speaker friend(?) has told you. I honestly do not even know of an alternative onomatopoeia for that.

In fact, 「こんこん」 can even mean a "fox" itself just like 「わんわん」 can mean a "dog" when speaking to toddlers.

See what デジタル大辞泉{だいじせん} says.


1 せきをするときの声を表す語。


3 固い物が軽く打ち当たったときに発する音を表す語。「扉をこんこん(と)ノックする」

4 雪や雨などがさかんに降るさま。


My own TL of the above:


  1. Onomatopoeia for coughing
  1. Onomatopoeia for a fox's cry
  1. Knocking sound
  1. Onomatopoeia for heavy snow or rain

[Noun]: A fox.

Here is a famous children's song about foxes which is named none other than 「こぎつねこんこん」 and I still could not believe there is a native speaker who grew up not listening to or singing it:


In children's stories as well, I could not remember another onomatopoeia used for a fox.

  • 今の若者は「♪ こぎつねこんこん、やまのなか~」とかいう歌、もう知らないのよ、きっと・・youtube.com/watch?v=FSMLzcj50Ps
    – chocolate
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 12:35
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    – user4032
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 12:38
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    こっちの歌のほうがうまかったやん~ youtube.com/watch?v=DeaVwGBEVBU ←ここに「ドイツ民謡」って書いてある!知らんかった
    – chocolate
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 12:54
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    同じく平成生まれですがわかります Commented Feb 9, 2017 at 5:42
  • その歌、今の子供でも知っとるよ。この前家帰りに狐があらわれて、「きゃーー」ってないたら、息子がえ?コンコンじゃないと?ってびっくりしとったと (笑)
    – a20
    Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 12:33

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