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意味. The meaning of words or phrases within certain contexts, especially when it does not seem to match the standard definition.

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What does マジだりいな mean in this Takayan song? [duplicate]

This line is from the song 演じてばかりだ by たかやん: "おーおー マジだりいな" Followed by : "おーおー 眠りたくないな" The official english translation says it means : "seriously a bore".
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What かまって means in かまって新卒ちゃんが毎回誘ってくる

There is a manga with title かまって新卒ちゃんが毎回誘ってくる. I am wondering about what かまって means here. I suspect かまって新卒ちゃん is a combination of 構ってちゃん and 新卒? Maybe not because if that's case, then it will be ...
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Can 反応する mean 'To cause a reaction'?

I came across this sentence in Konosuba vol 3 by Natsume Akatsuki (chapter 1 part 7). 魔道具での取り調べ結果を証拠にするというのなら、今こうして、俺の言葉が魔道具に反応していないのもまた証拠になる。 Context: The main character is being tried for treason. ...
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Understanding 詰めの甘いお上品

From Super no ura de chapter 11, Sasaki (an older guy) told her 三本だったら今日はレジに before cutting off. She knew what he was trying to say: I need help understanding the meaning of 詰めの甘いお上品. It seems like ...
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What is the meaning and background of やうな

私は童話でも書くやうな、または刺繍でも見るやうな気持で. I assume that the meaning of the YAUNA is a combination of YA to repeat and NA to make it negative, but what does the U mean? Can anybody help?
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Understanding たらね in そりゃあそんな夜遅くに女の子が一人でシミュレーションゴルフに来てたらね

As a context, he once saw her playing golf simulation at night before: I am not quite sure about たらね in his response: そりゃああんな夜遅くに女の子が一人でシミュレーションゴルフに来てたらね I think he said "if/when a women comes ...
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Does “〜でいたい” assume already being in that state?

Consider for instance “元気でいたい” does that imply the speaker is at this point already healthy and wants this state to persist, or can it also be used when the speaker is not yet healthy but simply wants ...
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Understanding 優等生と言われても通る気がするけど

I need help understanding 優等生と言われても通る気がするけど from this image: I am not sure who is the subject for 言われる. The speaker or Fujinami? Also, I uncertain about the meaning of 通る. I think it corresponds to ...
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whats the meaning of 重ねたり , 立体的な絵の具 , 色彩の陰影 , 塗り込む?

Context: 最初はクレヨンを重ねたり そんなとある日。俺は、立体的な絵の具が、色彩の陰影を生むことを知った 俺はクレヨンで「描く」のでなく、画用紙にクレヨンを「塗り込む」様になっていた それこそ、時にはナイフで削ったクレヨンを塗り込んだこともあった 立体故の色彩は、光の当てる方向によって、その姿を変える。 (i dont get the last sentence at all)
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What does 深いパーソナリティー mean?

I am not sure about the meaning of 深いパーソナリティー in this question: キミはその浅村某というやつのことを好きだというが、そもそもキミはそいつ以外の男子の深いパーソナリティーなんて知りやしないだろう? Understanding 深いパーソナリティー literally as "deep personality" ...
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Understanding そのまま in 素直にそのまま言う

I am not certain about the meaning of そのまま here: It seems like she doesn't like what she was told and wished him to be more gentle/honest and bring up examples in more objective manner (そのまま)? I have ...
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ないで欲しい or なくて欲しい?

I came across this sentence 来たばかりの人間を、普通に呼び出さないで欲しい Which I believe means something like I want you not to so naturally summon someone who's just arrived Please correct me if I'm off. What I don't ...
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What does よし mean in senryuu?

I am uncertain about the meaning of よし in this senryuu: I could be wrong but I think this よし is just 良し. The senryuu reads "About this dandelion, the flower is nice, the stem is nice, the smell ...
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What is the etymology of miyako-bushi (都節音階)musical scale?

I've been learning a little about Japanese musical scales, including miyako-bushi, the scale for Sakura Sakura. I've found some useful information about how the scale works, but I'd also like to ...
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Nuance of masu-stem+あぐねる

From my dictionary, masu-stem+あぐねる seems to imply that you get tired of doing an action because you have met a setback that prevents the result you hoped for from occurring despite various efforts. In ...
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confused about the usage of よう?

The sentence in question 彼に集中するよう注意を促しといたよ。 Meaning I urged him to concentrate. Confused as to what role the よう is playing here?
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What does なんたら mean?

I came across 昨日のハイドロなんたらとかいう怖い女の子だ Which from an official translations means Its that scary girl from yesterday called Hydro-glerpadoodle Am I right in assuming that なんたら is a filler word for ...
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what does 紬かえる仲間です mean? [closed]

The sentence I came across では、かえる仲間ですね Official translation Then were birds of a feather? Its obviously not a literal translation. But I'm confused as to how the sentence has this kind of meaning?
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confused about て無かったら

In the sentence 一部しか残って無かったら意味ないし Where the official translation is Because its meaningless if a part is left I don't understand how 無かったら isn't negating the 残ってる to mean "if a part is NOT ...
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Understanding に挟まれる

I have trouble understanding the function of に in に挟まれる when 挟む is used in sense of this definition: ❶ 物を両側から押さえて動かないようにする。 「本を小脇に━」 「洗濯ばさみで衣類を━」 「ヘアピンで髪を━」 「毛虫を箸(はし)で━・んで捨てる」 語法:「二人組に━・まれて連れ去られる」「...
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What does the word 歪む mean in this context?

I was watching a Japanese YouTuber play through Paper Mario the thousand year door, which has a trans character in the Japanese version that’s not trans in the international version. When she got to ...
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Confused about usage of という

I came across this sentence: 地面が土で、周囲が木というだけで、暑さが随分とマシになった。 The heat became quite bearable when surrounded with trees and dirt. I'm confused about what という is doing here?
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How is the grammar working in いや、何かしないとな?

From what I've gathered. The sentence いや、何かしないとな means something like "No, I've got to do something" . I cant quite understand how the grammar is working here to turn the negative suru verb ...
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Meaning of ぐれー in this sentence

スカしっぺでも響き渡るぐれ〜 静かな場所になっちまったよ! In this sentence, is ぐれー another way of saying ぐらい?
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How does 別にいいですよ mean "It doesn't matter" or "I don't mind"?

A bit confused about how the grammar here is working. I came across this sentence "別にいいですよ、恋愛漫画読んでたって。" Which I believe means something like "I don't care/mind, about you having read ...
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Meaning of は and が here?

ねえ、田中さんがもう一度会ってほしいって。田中さん、犬のこと考え直したんだって。犬飼っていいって。だから、会ってあげれば? いや、無理。私もう田中さんに会う気はないの。だから伝えて、「私はもうあなたに会う気がない」って。 Why does it change from 気はない to 気がない in the message that should be passed on? Is it 1) ...
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Is 燃える used as slang for being cancelled online?

I was watching 夜{よる}のクラゲは泳{およ}げない and in one of the lines of dialogue, a former idol (A) talks about why she quit, and the other person (B) asked if she was referring to 燃{も}える as online slang: (A) ...
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Use of ものの as a prefix

ハリーはものの見事にロンに負けた。 Harry lost spectacularly to Ron. Would I be correct in thinking that ものの can be omitted from this sentence? What is the effect of adding ものの as a prefix? Jisho gives 'only', 'no ...
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Distinguishing hyperbole and literal sentences with くらい / ぐらい

One of the meanings of くらい is 'to the extent', and is often used in hyperbole (exaggerated claims) such as: 今日はもう一生走りたくないくらい走った。 Today, I ran so much that I don't want to run again in my whole life. ...
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Understanding 〝打つ〟の動作の〝う〟の頭をとらえて押し込む

So this is uh a follow-up to this question. I have difficulty understanding this sentence: 相手が打つときの、「〝打つ〟の動作の〝う〟の頭をとらえて押し込む」というような、言葉にすると奇妙としか言いようのない呼吸がある If I am not mistaken, 呼吸 is modified by ...
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Understanding 手足と頼む助手

I was looking up the usage of と particle from a dictionary and I stumbled upon this entry: ⑤ 比況の意を表す。「…のように」の意。「手足―頼む助手」 I don't understand what the example sentence 手足と頼む助手 means exactly. "A ...
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Difference between 何かしますか and 何をしますか

Between 何かしますか and 何をしますか, which one is correct grammatically? Which one do native Japanese people use?
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どうにも、どうにか、いかにも、どうか、どうもの中にパターンが潜在していますか?

いつも(どうにも、どうにか、いかにも、どうか、どうも)という種類の単語を聞いたり読んだりすると、パターンがいかにもあると感じます。 どう思われますか? 具体的に言えば私が話しているパターンは見かけ上共通の語源を持っていて1つの助詞を変えて1つ追加したり2つ追加したりすると意味が異なることを理解したいと思っています
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Dialogue beginning with それにしても

I'm currently playing ゼルダの伝説風のタクト, and am confused by this bit of dialogue. The context is that the main character temporarily joins a crew of pirates, which makes him the lowest rank among them. ...
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Understanding the verb 諫める: broader than English "to admonish"?

This usage of いさめる is from a sentence in Hunter x Hunter, where two characters are together and one of them [A] senses an enemy from the shadows about to attack them. The other character [B] asks why ...
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What does せいっ/セイッ mean?

While reading the comic 妖艶くのいち~濡れた花弁 (“Voluptuous Female Ninja: Wet Petals”), I came across the word “セイッ”. In volume 1, the female ninja Hasumi chases after a ninja who tried to assassinate her lord. ...
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Difference between 織物, 生地 and 布

As the title says, what are the differences/usages of 織物, 生地 and 布? I can't figure out anything obvious from the Weblio definitions or from a Google image search. If you were to ask me the difference ...
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Meaning of うっかりを発動させる

I'm reading a manga where two girls are fighting in public while others are standing around making bets on who will win (I should also note the crowd is crudely referring to the women as 無乳 and 巨乳). ...
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Parsing of 置いてあったってしょうがない

Harry Potter is surprised to see that he has Christmas presents: 「ねぇ、これ見てくれる? プレゼントがある」 Hey look at this. There are presents. 「ほかに何があるっていうの。大根なんて置いてあったってしょうがないだろ?」 What else should be there? You ...
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Weird expression: 〇・一秒

I have found this phrase in a book: 余裕なんて本当に〇・一秒もない。 I understand the meaning of the sentence but I have never seen that 〇・thing ever before. I thought it could mean 0.1, so the whole thing would ...
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Meaning of 「口をきゅっと結ぶ」

So I've been reading the 薬屋の独り言 ranobe and came across this sentence: 「猫猫は口をきゅっと結ぶ。」 I can't quite figure out what it expresses in the context: either her unwillingness to talk, or the fear to do so. ...
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Can somebody explain to me what "Gekihan'ongakushu" means?

Google translate is no help and translates it as "easy to defeat", which doesn't seem right in any way. After much struggling, I was able to find out that part of it at least should refer to ...
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What does 身の上 mean here?

From Oshi no ko ch. 145, This kid seems to be making a business arrangement on behalf of his agency. I am uncertain what he might mean by 子供の身の上. Perhaps, it is something like "while we are kids&...
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Meaning of おしで in this sentence [closed]

....あそこの警備は 見かけだおしで盗みやすかったぜ What does おしで mean here?
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Understanding 今回は出直すとする

From Quintessential Quintuplet ch. 5, Their study session appears to be cut short and he says「今回は出直すとする」. I have trouble piece together meanings of the words. I don't understand what 出直す might mean ...
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What does 人の字 mean here?

From Shokugeki no souma ch. 199, I am not quite sure what 人の字 might mean. I assume he is saying that it is too early for her to deliver words of appreciation...?
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How to understand この犬は何という名前ですか

The confusing point of this sentence is the part, 何という名前. Why is 名前 in the last position? Why is いう not 言う? I considered the following sentences. この犬は 何名前という ですか。 Looks it's wrong. この犬は 何名前 ですか。 I ...
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Which part is ではない negating?

I recently read this Japanese sentence: 他の感情に比べて、そういう感情が特別のものとして取り上げて強いわけではない。 and was not sure which part does ではない negate. Does it negate 特別のものとして取り上げて, which means そういう感情が特別のものとして取り上げていない。...
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What is the meaning of にならない in this sentence?

I came across the following sentence while watching the video "Japanese conversation with YUSUKE san YUYU NIHONGO (No1)", at the timestamp 16:05: それは大阪のおばあちゃんはのぞくにならない The context is the ...
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Meaning and purpose of なくはある

In the sentence: この班の編成自体 よく分からなくはあるんだし What is the purpose of saying it like that instead of just「よく分からないし」?
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