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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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Meaning of the “マンボスチン”

I wonder what she says Context (from video パズルでショーブヨ!ウータマちゃん ending) クリアしたわね!アッパレよ、アナタ!ウータマ、ムーチョ・ラブよ じつはアタシ、テンシだったんだけど、いま、なぜかアイドルやってるの。アイドルのみちはケモノみちよ!! ウータマをみつけたら、あっついキスをおねがいね! アタシのマンボスチン! If try to ...
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Weak: Yowai (弱い) vs Amai (甘い)

I'm an avid anime fan, and I have noticed that sometimes "Amai" (甘い) is translated as "Weak!" (recently in Scarlet Nexus Episode 3, where a man says it after dodging another ...
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Does わかる carry more implication of assent or agreement than the English equivalents?

The dictionary definition of わかる is usually "to understand" or "to know." But in everyday life it's sometimes used by service staff in some of the same situations as the more formal かしこまる, e.g. "to ...
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What does ギスる mean?

Conversation goes: A: まだひきずっていたのか B: え、お前忘れたの?ギスってたの俺だけ?びっくりする B: 次はねぇぞ The ギス I know means having a cold atmosphere or strained relationship. But here, I am not sure I get what it means.
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What is the meaning of 火怨 in a title?

Back in 2013 there was an NHK drama series 火怨・北の英雄 アテルイ伝 . In that title, I can't understand the meaning of the compound kanji "火怨", and I couldn't find any examples or reference online that ...
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Why is 株 used as variant for viruses, e.g. デルタ株?

I've noticed that Delta variant and so forth is translated using 株. I've always understood this kanji to primarily deal with things regarding stocks, business, and so forth. I also see from my ...
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刻 means “time”?

I searched what this kanji means in jisho.org in this part of the song: 近づいて 全部月のせいに 刻は今 ここに満ちたり Source: Lyrics So, My first result is 時 in this result show me another form for this kanji that is 刻 ...
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Reading 男 or 女 as ひと

Why is it that in Japanese sentence one sees 男 or 女 with furigana that says ひと? Furigana is supposed to help clarify the meaning of a kanji character, but using ひと doesn't seem to help clarify ...
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時代 Homograph, Written as とき [duplicate]

I recently finished the anime series Inuyasha, along with the four films. I noticed while looking at the Wikipedia entry for the first film—映画犬夜叉 時代を越える想い—that the romanization is written "Eiga ...
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What's the meaning of “嵌めたな。”

A: I fitted it. B: You set me up. I thought it was A, but some video says it's B, so which one is it?
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Differences between words meaning “everybody” (誰も 全員 各位 各自 万人 人々 面々 皆 )

While learning new vocabulary, I began to notice that there are many vocabulary that more or less all mean "everybody/everyone". Here is the list: 誰も 全員 各位 各自 万人 人々 面々 皆 I'm pretty sure ...
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What is the meaning of ような on this sentence?

I am having problems trying to understand the meaning of ような on the next sentence: アリス:そう。みんなにすごく優しい子なんだから、勘違いしてしまうような男子がいそうで、心配だけどね。 My understanding is that ような means something like "similar ...
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What does でね mean at the end of a sentence?

I keep seeing this at the end of sentences lately, but couldn't find much explaining it online. When I see it, I feel like it's usually serving as some kind of explanation but I'm not entirely sure. ...
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What’s the difference between 決闘 and 勝負

I noticed that 決闘 and 勝負 are both translated as “duel” but I wondered if there are any underlying differences in meaning between the two words.
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Need help with the meaning of “何もしない” in this sentence

So I was looking at a lesson from the "Complete Guide for Japanese" written by Tae Kim about how to express making an effort towards something. In that lesson, there is a short comic that ...
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What are the differences between 賠 and 償?

I am learning kanji with Heisig's method, and I have seen that 賠 and 償 means the same (compensation, indemnify), so I have been searching for examples in 'Yomiwa' and 'jisho.org' trying to clear my ...
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What's the meaning of じゃねーよ and じゃねえん?

I'm actually getting a little confused about these words' meaning, The original sentence is: 生まれちゃった☆ じゃねーよ! ハムスターじゃねえんだぞ! Does じゃねーよ mean "Not....., you know?" Something like that? Is it ...
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Using the で particle for timelimits

I have a problem understanding the semantic of で in the following example. ダイエットは3日で止めて仕舞った。 My loose translation would be I already gave up on the diet after 3 days. And a more precise one As ...
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Help understanding だからこそ、という場合もある

I'm struggling to understand the sentence in the exchange below. To explain the context, these characters have been shipwrecked and landed on an unknown island. They find that several of their ...
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Can 拾う be used figuratively to mean “utilize”?

The sentence is: ──フューリィはいかがでしょうか。 光永:担当編集さんと「奴隷エルフとダークエルフ、どっちにしようか」って会議をしました。 ──奴隷エルフの方がボツになったんですね。 光永:「高貴な身分なんだけど、奴隷にまで身を落としてしまったがゆえにプライドが異常に高い子」……今のフューリィもそれを多少引き継いでいるわけですが、単純に見た目で「ダークエルフいいよね」...
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What does this word 「どっ」 mean?

In the novel I'm currently reading I have seen it used a couple of times. The context around it was: How can a high school girl let out such strange shriek. Or a girl shouldn't let out such a weird ...
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What role does たん play in this sentence?

To me, the sentence roughly means "You see a familiar face or something?", and I'm pretty sure of it. I just don't get what the たん here is.
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What does でポン mean?

There are several manga, games, websites etc in Japan with the でポン in the title, such as ミルモでポン, パネルでポン, ヨシりんでポン, 住所でポン. I think I can infer it is some sort of onomatopoeia but I don't understand the ...
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What is the こと in いまを去ること20年前?

I encountered the examples of 去る. 今を去ること20年前 今を去る20年前 東京を去ること200キロ If I understand them correctly, they mean a certain amount in space/time away from a particular point. 「今を去る20年前」makes perfect ...
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Should we use juugyouin (従業員), shokunin (職人), or jitsugyouka (実業家) when talking about employees?

I've been stuck trying to find the correct usage of 従業員 (juugyouin), 職人 (shokunin) and 実業家 (jitsugyouka). All of these can mean worker/businessman. I figured that 実業家 is probably referring to a worker/...
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What's the difference between 調整する and 整える?

Both meanings are about adjust or fix, but I can't manage to understand why 温度を調整した ( right ) 温度を整えた ( wrong ) If 整える usually means fix something to the right condition/state the second ...
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interpreting the sentence structure of わたしが五歳のころ,近所の叔母さんの家が, 小さなエビを見せてくれた as it reads to me as an inanimate object taking an action [closed]

The book i'm reading starts with the sentence 'わたしが五歳のころ,近所の叔母さんの家が, 小さなエビを見せてくれた' which when i translate gives me something like 'When I was five years old, my neighbor's aunt's house showed me a ...
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What does なるようになれだ mean?

The meaning of the sentence aside, I also wonder why だ is used at the end. Is it for emphasis or something like that?
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What exactly does the の do in this sentence? [duplicate]

What exactly does the の do in this sentence? 男役ばかりな[の]{L}を気にしてんのか
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Is a long “yes” written “はははははい” or “はーい”?

How do I write a long はい? I mean like when in anime, students all say "yeeeeees" to their sensei, is it written "はははははい" or "はーい"?
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What is the meaning of 氏談

I have 2 questions related to the following sentence : のみならず、新聞記者を相手に、ほらを吹いたり、自分の話が何々氏談などとして、新聞に載せられたりすることは、おとなげないとは思いながら、誰しも悪い気持はしないものである。 How to use 何々 as a pronoun ? What role does it play in ...
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Trying to understand a sentence from Mario RPG “いままでになかったパターンですね”

In Super Mario RPG Kinopio is watching Mario explain what happened at Koopa castle. Mario then implies the castle bridge has fallen down and Kinopio responds with this: I think he is saying: "...
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Can the place that the direct object occupies change the meaning of the sentence?

I have these two sentences: 私は映画を仕事のあと見た。 仕事のあと映画を見た。 To me, they seem equivalent in meaning. However, for the Google Translator the first one means 'I watched the movie after work.' while the ...
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What does it mean when someone says '(name)のやつ'? [closed]

I see it quite a lot in manga, in a seemingly derogatory context.
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Why 気にされる instead of 気にする?

These two characters are discussing ヒューバート in the below, and about how he lacks self awareness. However I am not sure why 気にされる was used instead of 気にする here. I know that される can be used as an ...
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Meaning of キリ型 (can’t find in dictionaries)

Saw this term in a manga and can’t find a good explanation of what it is. The text says ドライバー(キリ型)で底をキレイにするわ (底 refers to the sole of a shoe) However, the image seems to resemble more an awl than ...
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What is the big sword saying in Super Mario RPG? (includes picture)

Several pieces of what the giant sword says is confusing and I'm not able to gather enough information to make sense of it. I'll include 2 pictures to help with context. Here I think he's saying ...
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Relation between 大学, 学校 and 大学校

These are the specifications, that I do already know: [学校]{がっこう} = school, including [小学校]{しょうがっこう}, [中学校]{ちゅうがっこう}, etc. [大学]{だいがく} = university (used frequently) [大学校]{だいがっこう} = university (not a ...
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Question on the other meaning of するのに

First of all, I might be mistaken entirely about this, and if so, feel free to just point that out. But, I seem to have many memories of conversations with Japanese speakers in which "するのに" ...
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Is 君の腕に期待する a set phrase that has to do with 'skill'?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h-oI7NsS_8&t=2m21s フォックス機の操縦桿を握る、君の腕に期待するぜ。 I'm looking forward to your arm holding the control stick of the Fox aircraft. or if it means skill, then that would ...
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What does 付き合い悪くて mean?

Translation: I'm a busy man I got this from the manga "Blue Period". The translation provided above is from the official translation. From my understanding, 付き合い indicates a relationship, ...
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Why is this an effective captcha? [closed]

I want to sign up to this website that has an English version, but unfortunately, the captcha for it is Japanese. I can't read Japanese and no online translator seems to be able to make sense of the ...
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Specific use of してまで

Recently I've been reading Michael Emmerich's "New Penguin Parallel Text" for Japanese short stories. In Yoshimoto Banana's "A Little Darkness," there's a passage that describes how the narrator's ...
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ホワッとした子 >>What does this mean about a girl? [closed]

when reading i came across this expression ,that describe a girl ホワッとした子 >>Please explain to me what does this mean thanks
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腰が逃げそうになる >> What does this mean about a person's hip? Does it mean that it became disjointed/tired?

腰が逃げそうになる When I searched this phrase on Google, it showed me some images about golf, so my guess is that it means a person's hip became dislocated and/or tired due to excessive exercising. Can ...
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Meaning of もったいないお化けがでる

I came across もったいないお化けがでる What does that mean?
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Difference between 任せる and 任す?

Looking at the dictionary, both 任せる and 任す seem to have the same meaning and they're both transitive verbs, so I wonder if there is any difference between them. Is there any situation where one of ...
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Is ないとだ correct Japanese?

A: めっちゃ好き かっこよすぎ B: だね A:あッ 来週ドラマ出るし 見ないとだよ From the context (them talking about a celebrity), I understood that "見ないとだ" is similar to "見ないといけない". But when I searched for it ...
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What does 「フトアゴヒゲ」mean in 「フトアゴヒゲトカゲ」(“Central Bearded Dragon​” lizard)?

I'm guessing ヒゲ means hair, which makes sense since the lizard has "bearded" in its name. Not sure about the rest of the フトアゴ.
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Meaning of とてこう?

I've been reading some Touhou doujinshi in Japanese and checking English version for translation just in case, and I had a hard time trying to decompose this sentence: I have to give some context [I ...

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