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擬声語. Mimetic words representing sounds.

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Cool little saying in Kodoku No Gurume

In Kodoku No Gurume (孤独のグルメ) Season 4 Episode 4 Goro is saying a cool little saying (maybe an onomatopoeia thing?) that goes something like this: ヒレハラホロヒレ、何これヒレハレ。 I've uploaded the excerpt to YouTube....
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What is the grammatical relation between こそこそしたN and 汚れたN? [duplicate]

The two in the title, こそこそした, and 汚れた, are not necessarily related words, but are grammatically used in a similar way. For example, in both cases I technically can say: こそこそしている男, Sneaky Boy 汚れている男, ...
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What is the relationship between ABAB and ABり / AっBり mimetic words?

There is a pattern in which some mimetic words that take the form ABAB have cousin words that take the form ABり or AっBり and mean something very similar, sometimes identical. For example: にこにこ・にっこり ...
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What does ほわって mean?

ほわぁ~って感じが好きです A woman who's looking at a painting says that after saying that she likes it. I've searched for ほわって, ほわっと, ほわっ, ほわ, ほわほわ on Jisho and Weblio (Japanese-English), but they're not there.
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What does "シュパシュパー" mean?

I struggle looking up onomatopoeia, I tried, but the closest I found "dry," but in context, it makes no sense. Context: わーい! あたしも司くんも、シュパシュパーって 忍者さんみたいに動くよ!
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Japanese onomatopoeia for "Crash!"?

Specifically, a loud, violent crash. Like a car wreck.
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What does パラパラ雨揺れる mean?

パラパラ雨揺れてるのに今僕たちには無関係 It is a part of a song called オオカミハート. Does パラパラ describe a sound or a movement? I don't understand what is shaking. Is it the rain that is shaking (雨は/が) or is it something, I ...
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Japanese onomatopoeia for "Shuffle"

As in like a shoe scraping across the floor or the ground?
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Onomatopoeia for taking off a helmet

What I'm looking for is the Japanese equivalent of the sound of taking off a helmet, particularly a full-head helmet, like a racing helmet or a motorcycle helmet. For the life of me, I can't find any ...
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Japanese onomatopoeia for "RRRip" in a horror context?

I'm working on a horror comic and I'm looking for a reference for the onomatopoeia "RRRRip". The comic specifically deals with zombies, so "RRRRip" here would be referring to skin ...
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What the Japanese onomatopoeia for crunch?

As in chewing or crunching on something, specifically when something is chewing loudly or roughly, like an animal eating.
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Japanese onomatopoeia for a vehicle's engine?

Similar to the English, "Vrooom". The one I see often is ブロロロ but the one I'm thinking of using is ブルーン. Are there any other examples that would be better? Also, are there different ones ...
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Japanese onomatopoeia for shattering glass?

I'm seeing both ガシャーン/ガシャン and just ガシャ. Are either of these correct?
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What is the Japanese onomatopoeia for radio static?

Something like "Bzzz". I'm thinking it's either ブーン or ザーザー, but I can't find any source to really confirm it. Thanks.
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What does “ズオオオオオ” mean?

I am currently reading a story titled “妖艶くのいち~濡れた花弁” (Unofficial translation: “Voluptuous Female Ninja: Wet Petals”). Early on in the story, a female ninja named Hasumi foils an assassination attempt ...
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What meaning ぬち いっ? [closed]

“ぬちいっ” it's an onomatopoeia that appeared in a manga but I don't understand what it means. in the manga it appears with a space (like this: ぬち いっ)
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Onomatopoeia/Mimetic Words

Internet searches produce lists of onomatopoeia/mimetic words, but I have found little guidance about how and when to use—or not use—them. Besides scouring this website, I’ve looked at as many other ...
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How do you define and contrast すっぱり すっぽり さっぱり and すっかり

すっぱり すっぽり さっぱり すっかり My dictionary is not leaving me with a clear understanding of how to distinguish these words, their origins, their connotations, or the contexts they're usually used in. They all ...
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How to use ワクワクする properly

All examples are example sentences from a dictionary. I read that ワクワクする expresses an instant reaction rather than a state, as in: 彼はその美しい光景を見てわくわくした。 彼女はその有名な歌手に会えると思うとわくわくした。 But here in this ...
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Nuances between するする vs すらすら

Here is a question from 新完全マスターN1:語彙. 彼女は筆を持つと、( )と自分の名前を書いた。 The answer is すらすら, but するする is also an option. The brief definition of するする is 「滑るように」which I take to mean in this context as a "...
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Meaning of あばば in あばばをしてみせる

I am reading Not of Color by Sawako Ariyoshi (有吉佐和子『非色』) at the moment. I came across this paragraph detailing how the protagonist takes care of her newborn baby, Mary: 一年というもの、...
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What does ぺろん mean?

I'm trying to understand a scene from a manga which I'll describe as best as possible. One person is undressing and there is an onomatopoeia that reads ぺろん. Another person says then: おい、...
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Onomatopoeia for 'squeaky clean'

So, I know there's すっきり for neat rooms etc., ぴかぴか for something shiny, and きゅうきゅう for cleaning itself, but is there an onomatopoeia in Japanese to show that something has just been washed or cleaned ...
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What does ガッコンガッコンと mean in this sentence?

The sentence is describing a giant robot, with its giant drill stored in its chest started to rotating, thrusting in and out violently (?) But I don't understand what does this sfx means here, please ...
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onomatopoeia+した as modifiers [duplicate]

Examples like あっさりした味、ちょっとした風邪、きちんとした身なり have onomatopoeia+した as modifiers. There do not seem to be examples with した replaced with する. Is this observation correct? If so, is there a reason why した is ...
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What do きゃるん、きゃるーん、きゅるん、きゅるるん and related words mean?

In the anime Saiki K. S2 E10 (image link), きゃるーん appears as a sound effect, where I would rather expect じゃーん or the like. Googling various Japanese forums has led me to conclude that the other ...
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How are custom onomatopoeia made?

I am currently reading a recently released remake of 月姫, and I encountered the following sentence: 指で触ってみたら、つぷり、と指先が沈みこんだ The context is that the character can see lines that no one else can, and he ...
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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 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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I'm confused by all the different ways to modify a noun. How do I know when to use what?

意味不明,学校全体,現実可能 安定した収入 もやもやとした記憶、もやもやしていた気持ち (1) I keep coming across examples like this where a na-adjective is placed after the noun and with the な omitted. Why is the order reversed in these ...
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Why is 「パッと」 part Katakana and part Hiragana?

I have run across this onomatopoeia twice now in music lyrics: 打上花火 by DAOKO × 米津玄師: 「パッと光って咲いた 花火を見てた」 GHOST by 星街すいせい: 「パッと弾けた感情に」 Having seen this occur twice now, I felt it was safe to assume ...
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What is the Japanese Onomatopoeia for the sound a chainsaw makes?

From what I can tell, chainsaws make a sound like buzzing or rustling, etc. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find Japanese onomatopoeia from that sound. I wanted to look specifically for the ...
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How does ン work at the end of onomatopoeia?

There seem to be quite a few SFX in manga that end with an ン, or ———ん, or ...ン. Some examples: キーンコーンカーンコーン (1) しーん (2) オオオオオオオ…ン…ン… (3) バチィン (4) I have three questions about this phenomenon (the ...
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After a Katakana word then "tto" are both Hiragana or Katakana acceptable for the Sokuon?

I have seen examples of both quite often, even for the same exact sentence, examples: おなべの中からボワっと/おなべの中からボワッと。 This is a lyric from おどるポンポコリン(Odoru Ponpokorin)、A song for ちびまる子ちゃん(Chibi Maruko Chan) ...
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Onomatopoeia for a long, intense scream - "AAAAA!!" [duplicate]

How could you describe a very long, very intense scream - one that expresses extreme anger or pain? So far I've only been able to find examples of short gasps, or screams with happier connotations. In ...
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Does anyone know what this onomatopoeia means?

So, I watch a lot of anime but one scene in an anime called "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure" uses onomatopoeia very often, I'm trying to find out the meaning of this one in particular (I don't ...
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もちゃもちゃっと meaning

「ちっちゃくてかわいいってことだよ」 「抱き上げて、もちゃもちゃっとしたくなっちゃう系の」 Can't define words in this phrase もちゃもちゃっと. That is some sort of slang or contraction?
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「ぺったん」→「ぺったら」 – A conjugation of an onomatopoeic adverb?

The sentence in question (from here (page 14)): ぺったんペったら牛の糞が、やって来ました。 What does the 〜ら conjugation (?) of the second ぺったん mean?
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What does かぱんと mean in this sentence?

From 《君の名は。 (角川つばさ文庫) (新海 誠;ちーこ)》, かぱんと / か [Usage-1/All] 2020-10-23 11:53:30 と思いつつ私はかぱんと炊飯器を開け、ぴかぴかした白飯を自分の茶碗に盛りつける。 I originally thought this sentence meant: I open the bread and rice cooker, ...
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Meaning of ヒラリ in this context

I'm working on The Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai. First, protagonist describes the way her mother drinks soup, that is very gently. Then she says this: ヒラリ、という形容は、お母さまの場合、決して誇張では無い。...
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What’s the difference between サクサク and パリパリ

I have a question about Japanese onomatopoeia (擬態語). What is the difference between サクサク and パリパリ? Are there situations where using one instead of the other is incorrect? As I understand it, they both ...
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Translations of「しっとり」for describing food

On the television the other day, there were some people talking about how the word 「しっとり」 applied to food can't be translated exactly into other languages. It seems that 「しっとり」 could be translated ...
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meaning of hiragana in a verse

This sentence is from a poem: トイレットペーパーしゅるる. The katakanas mean "toilet paper". How about the hiraganas? I thought it would be a verb because of the る-ending, but can't find a verb like this in ...
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What does ぐてっと mean?

I saw it in the following context: xxは、ぐてっと俺に体を預け、胸に顔を埋めてくる Based on the spelling, I wonder if it's similar to ぐでんぐでん, but I'm not sure about that. Based on context, I'm guessing it means ...
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What does カピカ mean?

I can't find this word in a dictionary. It appears on a bag of rice I bought. The sentence is: カピカ仕上げで、丁寧に磨いたきれいなお米です。 Is it a contraction of カピカピ, describing how the rice is dried out?
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パドル -What does it actually mean?

I believe, many of you have already seen this meme. In short, in a PlayStation game Fate/Extra an anime girl is singing Jingle bells-like song in Japanese: 走{はし}れ艝{そり}よ 風{かぜ}のように 月{ずき}見晴{みは}らを ...
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シュバババーン? What is it?

I initially heard this in this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-Qu9rQDors What is シュバババーン? Seems like sound effect. When I search this exactly on google it has over a thousand results which ...
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What does ゲヒゲヒ mean?

I saw it in the context of ゲヒゲヒ笑う and would like to know what kind of laugh it is. Some quick Googling seems to indicate it might be like laughing uncontrollably maybe but I can't find any sources.
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Do native speakers ever create/improvise onomatopoeia?

Since Japanese is incredibly rich in onomatopoeic expressions which are commonly understood by most adults, I am wondering if adults ever make up new onomatopoeia on the fly, or if they always use ...
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Meaning of ひらっと

銀河鉄道の夜から. 電燈の向こう側の暗い小路から出て来て、 ひらっとジョバンニとすれちがいました. Dictionary says flat, plain, may be it can be coldly?
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