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Questions tagged [onomatopoeia]

擬声語. Mimetic words representing sounds.

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The meaning of ぐっぽぐっぽ ; グッポグッポ ; グポグポ(?) ; ぐぽぐぽ(?)

I came across this ぐっぽぐっぽ word while reading doujinshi. "ぐっぽぐっぽセッXス穴ほじくってる" From the images shown when I searched for its meaning, it seems to be the sound made when sucking something. Does it have ...
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What does ピクンッ mean?

I came across an image on Deviantart that has Japanese text written on it, so I am trying to translate it. You can see it here: https://www.deviantart.com/ryonapage/art/Dominated-710481249 (Warning: ...
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What is the meaning of バキン?

In 亜人 manga I've found the word バキン, at least it seems to me so (look at the picture), but I've only found the translation of the word バキッ baki (crack) and パキン pakin (also crack). But on the picture I ...
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What does グパ mean?

There is a sound グパ in this manga (a plant tries to eat someone and makes グパ sound), but I can't find it in dictionaries and understand what it means and how it can be translated. What does グパ mean? ...
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What is the Japanese sound word for the clinking of money?

What is the sound of coins being handed from one person to another?
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Meaning of メリ and メリ子

Context: in the manga Dead Tube, a girl is being raped while being filmed. Among the comments on the video, some users wrote メリメリメリメリ and メリ子メリ子. What is the meaning of the two comments? To me it ...
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What does ふぬぬぬぬ mean?

負っけないぞ~! ふぬぬぬぬ…… Is it the same as "ぬぬぬ…" onomatopoeia which uses when you're in a tight spot?
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What is the meaning of カックン in the following sentence?

Context: before a boxing match begins, a boxer named Kamishiro says this referring to his opponent: 勘だけど あのカックン野郎… 刺せるヤツだ What is the meaning of カックン? The opponent was a thug in the past and he ...
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what is the meaning of this sfx/onomatopoeia? ダシーン

dashi (ダシ) sometimes is for "run" but this sfx is nothing about running! example (the ball is a dough, they make bread)
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What does ダンッ mean?

What does ダンッ mean in the following sentence from my book? 僕はナイフを投げかけた姿勢のまま、ダンッと女の子に体当たりをかけた。
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びりびりに破いた - why they come together

So I found this sentence 彼は彼女の写真をびりびりに破いた Looking at jisho, びりびり got translate as torn (adj) and 破く to tear (v). Its the first time I'm seeing both of these words but I don't understand why it is ...
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The difference between へとへと and くたくた

I am studying Japanese オノマトペ and I came across two that are very similar. The definitions I found online, and the examples sentences in the book don't align, so I am confused about the 使い方。 On this ...
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Pitch accent variations within giongo words like ふわふわ

According to the NHK Accent dictionary, the pitch accent for ふわふわ can be: (a) ふわふわ {HLLL} or (b) ふわふわ {LHHH} It is (a) when する is attached and it is (b) when used as a simple adjective. First, ...
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Meaning of フリッカー and ニュル in the following sentence

Context: a boxer is having a hard time understanding the punches of his tall opponent. ノッポのリード… フリッカーでもねェのに この〝ニュル〟…… 読めねっ… Does フリッカー refer to フリッカージャブ? If so, could the first part of the ...
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Does anyone knows the meaning of “モゾリと”?

An example of where it was found: 慌てて口元を塞ぎながら、部屋の中でモゾリと動いていた影に、慌てて蹴りを入れる。
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What does どぼり mean?

I know that it's an onomatopoeia, and it's an adverb that can take the と particle. The context goes something like this. There is an object. The object in question is filled with a liquid. The object ...
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Is there an onomatopoeia of mumbling in japanese?

I was watching an anime and they use repetitions of "ブツ" everytime a character is mumbling. Is this the rule for japanese or it's just something made up for a particular anime/manga?
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Meaning of シャキン or シャッキン used to support someone

In a manga, before the start of a boxing match, one of the boxers looks at his friends in the audience and says: シャキ〜ン Then they reply more or less in the same way: しゃっきい〜ん What is the meaning ...
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What is 「オンギャー」?

It is doubtless onomatopoeia, and shows up in a version of the story about a woman ghost who buys candy for a child each night. What does it represent?
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What is this ザガガッと sound based off?

The Problem Currently reading a passage where a Goblin's sword and the Main Protaganist's Dagger just clashes together and it gives this sentence: 鎧{よろい}ゴブの剣がザガガッとダガーの刃の上を走って、鍔{つば}でも止められない、etc... ...
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とこ, ってやつ, sneezing and other considerations

I'm having trouble with a bit of dialogue. I'm pretty sure I have the first part nailed down, but I am wondering about the choice of words in it. It all starts with character A "saying" this: へくちっ ...
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Translation check そろそろキツい and だかんねえ

Context. Characters A and B have just gotten defeated by younger character C. And it has been about a year or so since they last met. A: 若い子の相手は、そろそろキツいわー B: 年だかんねえ、あたしたちも。 My problem in ...
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Can と express a means as well? [duplicate]

For full context: https://www.satorireader.com/articles/sanzu-no-kawa-episode-1-edition-m?sentenceID=SrOvSLFfSOyCJFzmEmFt The sentence in question: 朝のまぶしい日差しを受けて、道路わきの林がキラキラとかがやいていた。 My attempt at ...
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Meaning of ぶつぶつ

I'm not sure how to formulate this question, but some words bother me. Here's a sentence for you : 彼女はまだぶつぶつと呟いている。 I often see these kinds of words and sometimes, like this one, I can't find what ...
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Is the scream “gya” masculine and “kya” feminine?

I don't speak Japanese, but I notice in some manga (like Mr. Fullswing for example), male characters tend to scream "gya" or "guwa" while female characters tend to scream "kya". Is it true that "gya" ...
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What is the sound of a rocket going off in Japanese?

when a rocket is launched during a take-off... what sound does it make and how is it written in Japanese?
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Is or was ピカドン used for lightning and thunder?

I've read that ピカドン (onomatopoeia for a flash and for a loud bang) is used for atomic bombs, but is it, or was it prior to Hiroshima, used to describe the flash of lightning and the sound of thunder?
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What does へろへろぷ mean?

I know what へろへろ means "spineless" or "limp", but what is へろへろぷ? Context - これならソラリスの連中だって、 一擊で、へろへろぷ~、ですよ!
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What does ショッショ mean?

そいじゃ、あいこのショッショで…… They're playing the game and it's a tie
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How is 「と」used in the sentence: 「地震で家がぐらぐらと揺れた。」 [duplicate]

The translation I was given for this sentence was: "The house trembled in the earthquake," but I'm at a loss for how 「ぐらぐら」and 「揺れる」are connected by 「と」. My best guess would be that 「と」functions ...
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What is the Japanese (onomatopoeic) sound that corduroy pants make?

Would this be the correct way to ask in Japanese? "コージュロイズボンは何の音をするのですか"
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Sound effect らん with unknowing meaning, and meaning of pun 裂けて 避けた

So I was translating a song (full lyrics here: 反芻の印象) and there is an onomatopoeia in the middle which I don't understand. It's らん. It repeats multiple times (you can hear it in the song on Youtube, 【...
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じゅわっと for biting into a mandarin

The expression じゅわっと appears in the text of 佐賀のがばいばあちゃん in a scene where the protagonist, 昭広, steals some mandarins from somebody's backyard. He bites into one and that phrase pops up. The full ...
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Meaning of ベタベタ when referring to a meeting

Referring to the Tanabata lovers who only meet once a year: A) 「せめて毎月一回会えればいいのに」 A) "I wish they could meet at least once a month." B) 「一年一回っていうのがいいんだ。そんなに何回もベタベタ会うもんじゃねェや」 B) "Once a year is ...
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how to translate xfx and / or onomatopoeia of the one piece manga

Does anyone know how to translate or any method to understand the xfx and / or onomatopoeia of the one piece manga? If anyone knows please give me a hand.
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Meaning of ポンポンしている

What's the meaning of ポンポンしている in the following sentence? Context: a girl is touching his friend's boxing gloves and then says: へーなんかポンポンしててカワイー Of all the meanings I found on dictionaries (...
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Why is ペラペラ written in katakana?

I am aware of the meaning of this word, but want to know the reason it is predominantly written in katakana. Thank you.
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What does こつぐってなる mean?

What is written here on page 4, after 「それと一緒に」? I searched in WWWJDIC and Google, but I can't understand the meaning of 「こつぐってなる」. For the 「語彙が…」 comment, I understand that this word sounds strange ...
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History and etymology of Japanese onomatopoeia

I've been wondering about the patterns of Japanese onomatopoeia and their etymologies. Perhaps you could help me figure it out or link me to a useful bibliography that might. The first of these ...
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Is こんこん onomatopoeia for foxes?

I mentioned こんこん to a native speaker, and he hadn't heard it before. Is こんこん standard onomatopoeia for foxes? If not, what does the fox say?
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What does 「コロリ、コロリと」 mean?

It's my first time asking a question in this website so I hope I'll be as clear as possible. I'm new at learning Japanese and I'm reading a book containing the phrase 「コロリ、コロリと」. It is impossible ...
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What does the word 「ぽやっと」 mean?

It is in a dialogue said by an old man to a young man during their fighting. さあ ぽやっと見てねえで 打ってきなっ わしを力石と思って 力いっぱい打ちこんできなっ
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Is there an English equivalent to 「ふん」とする

Ok so I think I've typed/spelled that right, but so I came across this phrase in a random children's book at a cat cafe I go to frequently. So I know what this means, it's like when you just act all ...
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Buzzwords 2016: びっくりぽん

The Japan Times has released the list of Japan’s top buzzword candidates in 2016. Among the candidates was phrase 「びっくりぽん」(I'm surprised). Now I am familiar with びっくりする, but I can't make sense of the ...
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Can you form verbs from 擬態語 or 擬音語 by adding -る?

I know that you can form a verb from 擬態語 or 擬音語 by adding する after them, but in this sentence it appears the writer used -る instead. 会場に向かう前にもじゃった髪の毛をどうにかしようと行きつけの美容院に行ったんです。 Is it something ...
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The wind sound “どう” in 風の又三郎

In the famous story 風の又三郎, the sound どう is used to describe the wind in several places, including the song in the intro. One such place is: 青ぞらで風がどうと鳴り、日光は運動場いっぱいでした I did some research, and it ...
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Meanings of びょうびょう

Can びょうびょう be used to mean the sound of a strong wind? Or does it mean "boundless; limitless; vast; broad" wind? びょうびょうと風が、耳元でうなった
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What does this ごにゃごにゃ onomatopoeia mean?

What does this mean? ごにゃごにゃと何かを言う
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What part-of-speech is ゲゲゲ in ゲゲゲの鬼太郎?

I don't know if "part-of-speech" is the best term here, since it generally has a Western language orientation, but I am curious as to what function the word gegege has in reference to the TV show ...
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Why is there no rendaku occurring in the word ふかふか?

Why isn't the second ふか changed to ぶか in ふかふか; thus, becoming ふかぶか? I would expect to see ふかぶか instead of ふかふか for the same reason that ひとびと is ひとびと, not ひとひと. There is no voicing; thus, Lyman's Law ...