Definitions Jisho Doesn't Tell You About

Is there an equivalent to for Japanese?

ニコニコ大百科 has lots of explanations of (mostly internet) slang words. You put in the search term and then click on「〜」の単語記事を閲覧 to get to the explanation page.

Here’s the page for タコ:

I really love the explanation btw:


何! NicoNico has its own dictionary? I’m baffled. Thanks a lot :grin:

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As I mentioned a few posts higher, Pixiv’s dictionary is another option. Here’s a link:

Honestly though, generally, googling ‘[slang phrase in Japanese] 意味’ or ‘[slang phrase] とは’ will bring up explanations from dictionaries, including Pixiv’s and NicoNico’s, along with explanatory articles in Japanese. That usually helps if no dictionary has the meaning of a phrase, since you’ll have more options.


Or an escape artist

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I will never know what this says.

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“It’s a great place to start, but the end is a girl.” Obviously.

In all seriousness, though, it reads:


Takobouzu (Tsuchiyu Series)
A type of Tsuchiyu Kokeshi, which was introduced on the previous page. Among kokeshi collectors, it has the nickname “takobouzu”, this name has become widely known. It is said that most basic kokeshi are made to look like girls, but the takobouzu is said to be a boy. However, this author feels that it’s a girl dressing as a man. And I think he’s the top male-role star of some opera troupe.

(Arrow at face)
The theory is that the flamboyant way of painting the face comes from the makeup used in kabuki.

Production area in Fukushima Prefecture
Nakanosawa Onsen (upper mark)
Aizu-Wakamatsu City (lower mark)


In general, 歌舞伎 is translated as Kabuki though :sweat_smile:


Well, you know me. Forging new paths. Not beholden to tradition and all that.