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Mimetic Words

Big bad mimetic words list. Not comprehensive.


153 entriesCreated by Derrick W. — Last modified: 2015-01-15 10:02:58
もっと(some) more, even more, longer, further
ゆっくりslowly, at ease, restful
はっきりclearly, plainly, distinctly
やっとat last, at length
きっとsurely, undoubtedly, almost certainly, most likely (e.g. 90 percent)
びっくり① to be surprised, to be amazed, to be frightened, to be astonished ② surprise (e.g. surprise party) ③ surprise
がっかりfeel disappointed, dejected, lose heart, feel emotionally drained, feel let down
きちんとprecisely, accurately, neatly
ぐっすりsound asleep, fast asleep
こっそりstealthily, secretly
さっぱり① feeling refreshed, feeling relieved ② neat, trimmed ③ plain, simple ④ completely, entirely ⑤ not in the least (in sentence with negative verb), not at all ⑥ completely ignorant, not doing at all
ざっとroughly, in round numbers
そっくりall, altogether, entirely, just like, the spitting image of
そっとsoftly, gently, quietly, secretly
たっぷりfull, in plenty, ample
どんどん① drumming (noise) ② rapidly, steadily
ぴったりexactly, neatly, sharp
ぶつぶつ① grunt, grumble, complaint, mutter ② pimples, spots, eruption, rash ③ cutting into small pieces ④ simmering
ぼんやりabsent-minded, blockhead, dim, faint, vague
まあyou might say, Oh!, Wow!, Well!
にっこりsmile sweetly, smile, grin
せっせとdiligently, assiduously
うろうろloiteringly, aimless wandering
うんざりtedious, boring, being fed up with
すっきり① clearly, refreshed ② shapely, neatly, refinedly ③ cleanly, without trouble ④ clearly, plainly, distinctly ⑤ completely, thoroughly ⑥ not at all (with negative sentence), not even slightly
すっとstraight, quickly, directly, all of a sudden, quietly, gently, softly
のろのろslowly, sluggishly
ぴかぴかglitter, sparkle
しんとsilent (as the grave), deadly silent
あっさりeasily, readily, quickly
あべこべcontrary, opposite, inverse
あやふやuncertain, vague, ambiguous
おどおどcoweringly, hesitantly
がっくりheartbroken, crestfallen
がっしりfirmly, solidly, tough
きちっとexactly, perfectly
きっぱりclearly, plainly, decisively, distinctly, flatly
くっきりdistinctly, clearly, boldly
じっくりdeliberately, carefully
ずるずるsound or act of dragging, loose, inconclusive but unwanted situation, trailingly
だぶだぶloose, baggy
ちらっとat a glance, by accident
ひょっとpossibly, accidentally
びっしょりwet through, drenched
ふらふらunsteady on one's feet, stagger, reel, totter, dizzy
ぶかぶかtoo big, baggy
ぶらぶらdangle heavily, swing, sway to and fro, aimlessly, idly, lazily, loiter, loaf, stroll idly
ぺこぺこ① fawning, being obsequious, cringing ② being very hungry ③ giving in, being dented
ほっとfeeling relieved, (sigh of) relief
区々 【まちまち】several, various, divergent, conflicting, different, diverse
いそいそcheerfully, excitedly
うずうずsorely tempted, itching to do something
うとうとfalling in a doze, dozing
おろおろnervous, flustered, in a dither, all shook up
かちかちtick-tock, knocking (stones together), frozen solid, set rock hard, obstinate, scared stiff
がさがさrustling, dry or rough feeling
ガタガタrattle, clatter
がぶがぶgulping down, guzzling
きらきらglitter, sparkle, glisten, twinkle
ぎざぎざjagged, notched, corrugated, milled, serrated
ぎゅっとhard, tight(ly)
ぎょっとbeing startled
ぎりぎり① at the last moment, just barely ② grinding sound
くしゃくしゃcrumpled, disheveled, dishevelled, feel gloomy
くたくた① exhausted, tired ② withered, worn out ③ boiling until shapeless or mushy ④ tediously, repetitively, wordily
くどくどtediously, repetitively
くよくよworry about, mope, brood over
くるくるlike a small spinning object, winding up a long string, etc.
ぐったりcompletely exhausted, dead tired, limp, senseless
ぐにゃぐにゃflabby, limp, soft, flexible
こちこちdry, hard, puritanical, frightened
こつこつ① unflaggingly, steadily, untiringly, laboriously ② clicking, drumming
ころころ① small and round thing rolling ② pleasant, high-pitched sound ③ something that changes frequently, something fickle
さばさばrelief, candid
さめざめsorrowfully, anguishedly
さらさら① rustling, murmuring ② fluently ③ silky (hair)
しゃぶしゃぶ① shabu-shabu (thinly sliced meat boiled quickly with vegetables, and dipped in sauce) ② sound of this dish being prepared
じめじめdamp and humid, sodden, wet, clammy
じりじりrunning out of patience, slowly approaching, scorching sun, sound of alarm bell
すらり① long, slender and well-proportioned ② smooth, continuous (movement)
ずかずかmaking rude entrance
ずきずきthrobbing pain, heartbreakingly
せかせかimpetuously, hastily
そわそわfidgety, restless, nervous, uneasy
ぞくぞくshiver, feel chilly, shudder, thrill
ちらちらfluttering, flickering, intermittently
つるつるslippery, smooth
てくてくtrudgingly, going long way at steady pace
とぼとぼtotteringly, trudgingly
とんとんtap, rap-tap, tapping
どきどきthrob, beat (fast)
どしどしrapidly, constantly, one after the other, without hesitation, sound of tramping
どたばた① noisily (esp. the noise of heavy feet) ② slapstick
どやどやsound of many footsteps
どろどろsyrupy, muddled
ニヤニヤgrinning, broad grin, smirk
ばりばりtearing, crunching (sound), work hard, actively
ひっそりquiet, still, silent, deserted
ひょいとby chance, suddenly, accidentally, with agility
びくびくbeing afraid of, being fearful, being timid, being nervous
びしょびしょsaturated, wet through
ふらっとaimlessly, by chance, accidentally, casually, suddenly, unexpectantly
ぶるぶるshivering with cold or fear, shaking, trembling
べたべた① sticky ② all over ③ clinging (e.g. of a person), following around ④ cliched, hackneyed
ぽかん① vacantly, blankly, absentmindedly ② openmouthed, with one's mouth wide-open, gaping, flabbergasted ③ with a whack, with a thump
まざまざplainly, clearly, vividly
むかむかnausea, queasy, surge of anger
むっつり① sullenly, taciturnly, morosely, gloomily, silently ② taciturn person, uncommunicative person
やきもきimpatient, worry about
よろよろunsteady on its feet, tottering
わくわくtremble, get nervous, excitedly, thrilled
チクチクtype of prickling pain, prick, prickle
ばたばた① flapping, rattling (sound), noisily, clattering noise ② commotion, kerfuffle
フワフワlight, airy, fluffy
プンプン① intense smell (hanging around) ② state of being furious or angry
ポンポン① pompon, pompons, bobbles ② tummy, tumtum ③ bang-bang, pop-pop, tap-tap ④ without reservation, unreservedly, snappishly, outspokenly
あたふたin a hurry, hastily, in feverish haste
カスカス① couscous ② cuscus (variety of phalanger)
ありありdistinct, clear, vivid
がらり① entirely, suddenly, completely, rudely ② window louvre
ぐるっとturning in a circle, going around, turning about, surrounding, encircling
ごしごしscrubbing, rubbing briskly, rasping
すらっとslender, slim
ちらほらhere and there, now and then, in twos and threes
どぎまぎflurried, in a flutter, upset, nervous
どんより① heavy, leaden, dull ② glazed (eyes)
ぽつり① isolated, standing alone ② falling in drops (e.g. rain) ③ sighing (when saying something)
どたどたnoisily (esp. the noise of heavy feet)
かんかん① anger, flare-up ② intense heat ③ clanging noise
ふんわりgently, airily, fluffily
すっぽり① entirely, completely ② cleanly, snugly
うかうかcarelessly, inattentively
落ち落ち 【おちおち】quietly, calmly
おずおずtimidly, nervously, with nervous diffidence, trembling with fear
ぬけぬけfreely, impudently, brazenly, shamelessly, however one wishes
ぎゅうぎゅうpacking in tightly, creaking leather, door, etc.
すいすい(swim, work) smoothly, unhindered
ねちねちsticky, persistent
ぶうぶう① bugling sound, honking, oinking ② grumbling, complaining ③ car, automobile
ほれぼれfondly, charming
齷齪 【あくせく】fussily, busily, sedulously, worrying about (small things)
ほとほとquite (usu. negative connotation), utterly, really
スカスカ① hollow ② sharply, cleanly (of cutting) ③ smoothly