As in chewing or crunching on something, specifically when something is chewing loudly or roughly, like an animal eating.

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It partially depends on what is eaten.



When chewing soft food loudly with mouth a bit open, I use くちゃくちゃ. It may become くっちゃくっちゃ or ぐちゃぐちゃ, depending on person and area. I guess, many Japanese people hate to hear the sound from such a way of eating, and this word may contain such attitude hating the chewing sound.

When chewing hard food (like rice cracker) and making sound, I use ぼりぼり. If the food is so much hard (like ice cubes or fish bones), then I may choose がりがり or ばりばり.

If you want to express the attitute of eating, then もりもり gives positive and enthusiastics impression. For example, I chose it when kids are eating well for good health.

On the other hand, がつがつ gives negative impression and it may represent eating habit with bad manners. I also use it when eating with so much hunger, but I don't mean much negative sense in this case.

The choice of the words would differ depending on how you feel about the habit or the behaviour.

  • ガリガリ君めっちゃ好き!!!!
    – istrasci
    Commented Jan 10, 2023 at 7:08
  • @istrasci is that some kind of quote or reference perhaps? Commented Jan 11, 2023 at 5:45
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    @KarlKnechtel This: sold in every convenience store in Japan since forever, hence known by anyone who has spent at least a summer or so in the country.
    – Will
    Commented Jan 11, 2023 at 6:34
  • 私はチョコバリめっちゃ好き‼️
    – chocolate
    Commented Jan 12, 2023 at 3:52

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