32+ Most Commonly Used Weeb Words (Anime Glossary)

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There are certain words that seem to float around in almost every other anime, regardless of the genre. This can result in weebs having a rather extensive Japanese vocabulary (the words being made up and real).

Whether we talk about your Waifu or how you said Omae Wa Shinderiu to your high school buddy, Japanese have everything you can every IMAGINE!

However, no matter how many words weebs remember due to the countless hours they spend watching anime, most of them don’t speak Japanese. That’s where WE COME IN! Here’s the list of the most common and popularly used Weeb words you can use to impress your waifus and nakamas. 

Let’s get it, my ninjas!


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32. Daijobu


When a girl rejects you, when you get fired, when your mom kicks you out of her basement, use this word. Daijobu means “all right” or “ok” and can turn into “are you alright” if you add a question mark. Personally, it has been a loyal company for me through some tough times.


31. Onii-Chan

The literal meaning of this particular gem is “brother”. However, its frequent usage in Anime has resulted in it becoming an innuendo. I’m sure some of you would love to hear this word but believe me when I say it, it becomes really annoying after a point.


30. Tsundere


Tsundere is a Japanese term for a character who has more than one trait. The character is usually female and is initially presented as cold and aloof but may go through a development storyline in which her warmer side is discovered.


29. Omae Wa Mou Shinderu

omae wa mou shinderu

This phrase was immortalized by “Fist of the North Star”. While Jojo fans may disagree, I couldn’t care less. First of the North Star came first, hence they coined the term, deal with it. It means “You are already dead” (Pretty badass right).


28. Yare Yare


Yare Yare translates to “Good Grief”. Usually said with a sigh and annoyance and usually spoken by an older character who’s done with a younger character’s entitled behaviour. It is particularly common with Jojo Fans.


27. Nani?

This one is pretty common. It’s also a very famous meme. While it literally means “What?”, depending on the tonality and the voice actor, it can be used in myriad situations. For example, a harsh voiced General saying Nani after a rogue soldier sticks a gun up to him and a cute girl saying it after someone steals ice cream mean two very different things.


26. Baka


Baka translated to “Dummy” or “Idiot” or “Stupid” or “Dumb”. It can be used by almost any type of character. Usually used when someone does something stupid, of course.


25. Senpai


Senpai refers to a person who is considered an “upperclassman”, the term is broadly used to describe a teacher or a senior.


24. Yandere


Yandere refers to a crazy person who’ll kill almost anyone for the person they are obsessed with. For some reason, a lot of people really like it? To that, I say get help.


23. Manga


People who do not know what manga is are really missing out on all the fun. And people who say “they’re just comics” just haven’t read one. Wait till they read some Death Note!


22. Kawaii


Kawaii means cute. You’ll find numerous examples with just a google search. (My favorite is Kanna-chan from Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid).


21. Sensei


Not to be confused with “Senpai” which is a broader term and is often used for corrupt reasons. “Sensei” is mostly used for a teacher.


20. Chibi


Chibi is the small kawaii drawings of the characters that you may see between scenes. The word literally means “short”.


19. Doujinshi


Doujinshi refers to an amateur manga publication that may have an original cast of characters or characters that have been “borrowed” from some other manga.


18. Moe


Moe refers to a young and innocent female who is warm and kind, basically perfect and too good for this dark and corrupt world.



17. Onee-San

Onee San

The literal meaning is “Older Siser”. Much like most words in this list, there is much innuendo associated with this word.


16. Sama/Kun

sama kun

Kun and Sama are generally used for acquaintances that are older than you.


15. chan


Unlike the rest of the ape world (just kidding), the Japanese have manners and a culture of formality even on informal occasions. “Chan” is an honorific that weebs use when referring to an acquaintance of their age.


14. Neko


“Neko” is the Japanese word for cat, this also refers to Anime characters that dress as cats or look like cats.


13. Desu


Desu means “it is”. While weebs may think that they know by using it after the end of every sentence. Urban Dictionary says otherwise. Apparently, using it after every sentence is ok in Japanese but there’s not a crime in this world that’s more serious than using it while speaking.

One particular Urban Dictionary user is very passionate about the matter and uses rather colorful words. Good for him, desu.


12. Wan


If you didn’t realize this already, dogs bark in different languages apparently. In reality, they all emit the same sound, yet an American and Indian will use completely different words to describe it.

Similarly, Japanese dogs bark in Wan! Wan!


11. Seinen


Seinen refers to a man who is not just a man but a “mature man”. Seinen is commonly used as the genre which is targeted at young to old men.

These shows have a good chance of having very mature language. So overall, totally recommend searching for good seinen shows!


10. Josei


Josei is a term used to define an audience demographic that includes older or teenage women. While the concept may seem simplistic, there are certain aspects of a Josei anime that are just different from regular anime, like realistic romance stories.


9. Megane


Megane generally refers to characters that wear glasses. Some of these are considered a considerably attractive cause, well, glasses are attractive(Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise). Also how badass it is to remove your glasses and say something cool.


8. Bishoujo


Bishoujo is a cute young girl.


7. Shonen


Shonen is an anime that is targeted at a young male audience. A lot of your favorite anime shows are shonen, you may not realize it. The main difference between seinen and shonen is that seinen can be targeted to a much older audience.


6. Hikikomori

Hikikomori is a complete withdrawal from society. People who practice Hikikomori may be called “Shut-ins” (ring any bells?). I suppose we’ve all had a chance to practice this because you know what virus and its million variants.

People who practice this aren’t necessarily bums though. A lot of them discover their artistic sides due to this.


5. Dattebayo!


Don’t attack me. I do realize that this word isn’t an actual word and means nothing. But the sheer amount of Naruto fans present in the community compels me to have this as an honorary inclusion in the list.

Even though Dattebayo is not a proper Japanese world, it means “BELIEVE IT!” when our MC says this.


4. Daisuki


Here’s an interesting one. Daisuki can mean “I like you so much as a friend” and “I love you so much”. While it literally means “Big like”. Using it on a lover is not uncommon.

Why is this so confusing you ask? Well, because one Japanese is a hard language. Wait, scratch that. Let’s just say that Japanese culture itself is very different. Culture is a very significant thing, my friends.

Japanese people don’t express themselves in the same way we do. The language itself (when translated to English) is considered complex because there can be long debates on a single word’s meaning.

So my suggestion would be to take everything you read about Japanese on the internet with a little grain of salt.


3. Shinigami


Shinigami make an appearance in popular anime shows like Bleach and Death Note. While their depiction in these respective shows is wildly different, their origins come from the same mythology.

Shinigami are Gods or Supernatural spirits that invite humans towards death in certain Japanese religions and cultures. While Shinigami may seem like grim reapers, the Japanese consider them to be a natural part of their life cycle.

The grim reaper is a dark figure that may randomly suck out your soul while a Shinigami is just a being that makes sure that you are granted the death that is destined for you and makes you travel safely back to the afterlife. They can be equally hideous in appearance though (Death note fans know what I’m talking about)


2. 2chan


The Japanese version of 4chan, 2chan (also known as the Futaba Channel) is a Japanese website where wonderful wholesome people come together to discuss art, sports, literature, politics, and the current state of the world.


1. Waifu


Waifu is a word to describe the perfect woman. A woman that all weebs desire, a woman that all weebs need.

Waifu is not an actual word for Wife in Japanese though. The Japanese word for wife is Tsuma/Sai.


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17. The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!

Well, that’s it my friends. A comprehensive list of words that weebs use on a daily basis instead of just learning Japanese.


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