Japanese slang Help

Reply Thu 28 Sep, 2006 10:15 am
Hello. I am doing research on Japanese slang and terms, and I'm interested in learning Japanese slang.

What is Japanese slang for:

tough female, besides Sukeban, yanki, otemba and
Ofukuro gyaru?

first-rater (striking or impressive perosn/thing) besides ichi-ban?

tough nut (to crack) besides nanbutsu?

Please respond. Very Happy
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Reply Thu 28 Sep, 2006 04:40 pm
Watch this space.

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Reply Mon 2 Oct, 2006 09:59 pm
Surprised I just wanted to mention that 'ichi-ban' and 'nanbutsu' are not slang words. (Nanbutsu actually is quite a difficult word).

How about 'Oni-Yome' Evil or Very Mad , for a tough female (only a married one, though)?
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Reply Wed 18 Oct, 2006 08:46 pm
Hi, TIcoTiko, and everyone else.
What are Japanse slang terms for "tough guy" besides:
tufagaro, tsuee yatsu, senkou, tafunayatsu, tegawai yatsu, Gekitsuyoino, yabai-yatsu, tsuwamono, "kyo-sha" (strong one)?
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Reply Wed 18 Oct, 2006 08:49 pm
Fig. and slang use of the term "dragon"
Are brave, hardy men called "dragons" in Japanese slang/fig. language like they are in Chinese?
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Reply Wed 1 Nov, 2006 06:50 pm
Can I please have some help with translations
I'm interested in slang translations for the following
tough guy
tough female

I know a few terms off-hand, but I don't know if they are all slang though:

tough guy-tufagaru, tsuee yatsu, senkou, gekitsuyoino, tswuamono, yibai-yatsu

tough female: yanki, sukeban, 女親分-onna oyabun、 女番長-onnna bancho、 女ボス-onnna bosu、 ヘッド-heddo(=head)、 おばんギャル-oban gyaru、 つえー女-tsuee onna(=female toughie) onni-baba, Onna Chiimaa (女チーマー)Onnna Gyangu, "Ko-gyaru/Ko-gal", "Oyaji Gyaru" "Ofukuro Gyaru"

I was told: Huryo and waru could be used to meangood-natured rough/tough".

Does marubo, yaro, yankii, and gaki have negative connotions?
Is there a shorter way to say gekitsuyoino?
Are there any other slang synonyms for tough guys and "good-natured roughs/toughs"?
Can ryu-ou, koku-ryu ,ryu, ryuu, tatsz, tatsu, be used as nicknames?

Are there any slang terms for "tough female" that aren't negative or derogatory?
What is Japanese slang for a "good-natured female tough"?
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2007 08:31 am
I'll try to contribute here as much as I can...

I think your male list should read:

tafu-gai -> literal translation of "tough guy" into katakana (not used)
tsuyoi yatsu -> means "strong person", no real slang connotation
senkou -> slang for "teacher" in a negative way; used by unruly students behind their teacher's back
gekitsuyoi (hito) -> an adjective meaning "really strong", used with respect
tsuwamono -> a term of respect for a guy much tougher than you
yabai yatsu -> literally means "dangerous guy", not necessarily slang

female list:

yankii - can actually be used for males or females, meaning a young, rebellious person (you can say "yankii boi" or "yankii gyaru" too)
sukeban - a female "yankii"

onna oyabun
onna banchou
onna bosu
- these 4 are all used to refer to the head of a female gang

oban gyaru - means a girl who resembles or behaves like a middle-aged woman, not tough though

tsuee onna
onna chiimaa
- these 3 are as you imagine

onna gyangu - girl's gang

ko-gyaru - those typical Tokyo teen girls who could be cute, rebellious, many meanings here

oyaji gyaru
ofukuro gyaru
- similar to oban gyaru

other terms of interest:
otsubone - literally the woman at a company who has worked there longest, usually unmarried, knows everything and is tough
anego(hada) - literally "sister (skin)", referring to a woman who is older and experienced, and has been through everything so she's someone you can count on no matter what.


"huryo" literally means "not good", but can be used in a variety of situations, including the ones you mentioned

marubo - also "mambo" - not really used, a term from gangster movies
yarou - "asshole"
yankii - see above
gaki - not necessarily negative, could just refer to a kid

"gekitsyoi", as mentioned above, is just an intensified version of "tsuyoi", meaning strong. It combines 激 and 強い, kind of like 激辛い which you might have seen on hot sauce bottle labels...


The nicknames you listed are all dragon-related, but I haven't heard "ryuu-ou" or "koku-ryuu" ever used. Not to say they couldn't be...

Hope that helps a bit!
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2007 08:47 am
Ha! Ichi ban are two of the few words I actually know in Japanese. My dad taught me that one when I was a child (maybe 8).
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2007 01:47 pm
Question for mezzie
Hello Mezzie-thank you responding and for help. Do you know any other slang terms that mean "Tough guy" other then the ones I posted?

I know "aniki" means big brother-a "leader"
and "anego" means sister-the female equivalent.
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2007 04:05 pm
Are "furyou , chinpira , and kuchi ki" Japanese slangs for "punk", and do these terms or can these terms have a possitive connotation?
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