What does mendokusai really mean?

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The word mendokusai is very simple and is often used in the Japanese language. Maybe you heard it in an anime or manga, or you just noticed the use of that expression being used by other people. In this article, we will try to understand the true meaning of the word mendokusai.

The word is written mendoukusai [面倒くさい] and literally means "stank of problems" where mendou means trouble and kusai means stench. The word problem is composed of [面] which means face and mask, together with kanji of [倒] which means to topple, fall, collapse, break and invert. Stink can also be written with ideograms [臭い].

From their ideograms, we concluded that something is not pleasant, with no reason to smile but to irritate. Many use this word when they don't want to do something, find it boring, or find it a pain to have to do a certain action, when something is laborious and tiring. That is, when they smell the stench of some irritating and problematic task.


O que realmente significa mendokusai?

Understanding the meaning of Mendokusai

If we try to translate the word mendokusai into Portuguese we can get the following results:

  • Nuisance;
  • Tiring;
  • Irritating;
  • Boring;
  • Difficult;
  • Waste of time;
  • Not worth it;
  • Problematic;
  • I'm too lazy to do it;
  • Laborious;
  • Tiring;
  • A bag;
  • Unwilling;
  • (o¬ω¬o)

Men or young people often use the expression mendokuse [面倒くせー] where the ending see [せー] causes an atmosphere of rebellion, informal and ill-mannered. Shikamaru Nara from Naruto often uses the expression mendokusee. There is also a manga that carries this expression entitled omaera zenin mendokusai.

Although we are not using [U] between begged in the article, because its pronunciation is hidden, we remember that the correct one to be written in Japanese is mendoukusai [めんどうくさい] or mendoukusee [めんどうくせー]. In researching this subject I also discovered the word mendouwomiru which means taking care of someone. Is the Japanese saying that taking care of someone is a pain and trouble?


Anyway, the word mendokusai is used to express discontent with something. To say that something is a nuisance, annoying, difficult and problematic. Did you know that word? Did you know its meaning? If you liked this short article, share it with friends and leave your comments.