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I know the term means hi or hello, but is it used by both genders? Thank you.

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It's not common for women to use it, but it's not unheard of. It's not considered proper for a lady to use, so it sounds a bit more tomboyish and casual. Most likely the woman is also relatively close to the person(s) she is greeting on the friendship scale; or maybe just lazy.

Of course, if she was a karate student and was greeting a sensei or senpai, she would use 押忍{おっす}.

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A long long ago only men use it, but now also women does. It is not a gentle word but frank one with which a boy always greets who is finding 7 balls flying on the cloud ;-)

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