What does kimochi really mean in Japanese

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Do you know what the word really means feeling [気持ち] in Japanese? The word literally means feelings, sensation and mood, but is that the only meaning of the word?

In this article, we will delve deeper and examine in detail the word feeling and its various meanings and uses in the Japanese language. I hope you like this word that expresses a good feeling.

The meaning of the word kimochi

The word kimochi is composed of 2 ideograms that mean energy, spirit, mind, and heart (ki - 気) and hold, carry, possess (持ち). So we can keep in mind that the word involves holding something in our mind and heart. Additionally, it means preparedness, readiness, attitude, and sympathy.

Kimochi is used to describe an emotional state, a reflective and irrational feeling, an emotion that cannot be controlled, especially romantic feelings. It is also used to express feelings of thanks and love. It is also used as an adjective to express displeasure or comfort.

What does kimochi really mean in Japanese

Be careful when using the word kimochi

Despite its global meaning of feeling, this word has gained some popularity on the internet because of its use during sexual intercourse to demonstrate pleasure. So be careful with the way you say or use that word, so as not to give a perverted idea.

There are other words to express feelings like kibun (気分) = mood which is often used to refer to a sensation and feeling of the environment, atmosphere, or physique such as cold and heat, and also a state of mind or temperament. Another word that means to feel is kanji (感じ) which also involves having an impression or feeling something.

The word kimochi can also be used to mean heart, inclination (decision, choice) and mind (opinion, desire). With so many meanings and applications, we must study phrases and contexts to understand the essence of this word that passes many idiomatic meanings.

We created an article showing other words that are also used for express feelings, you can read this article by clicking here.

What does kimochi really mean in Japanese

What does Kimochi Warui mean?

The word kimochi warui [気持ち悪い] means bad feeling. It can mean bad premonition; feeling unwell; unpleasant; disgusting; rough and repugnant. Usually in anime, this expression is spoken to show disgust for something.

It can mainly refer to things like I feel nauseous or an unpleasant feeling to see. An all-encompassing expression of when you feel sick because it deviates so much from your own sensitivities and sensations.

An alternative to this polite expression is kimochigawarui [気持ちが悪い] which has pretty much the same meaning. There is a slang term for this expression which is kimoi [キモイ], other synonyms are creepy [嫌らしい] and kanjiwarui [感じ悪い].

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Using the word kimochi and its other meanings

Below we will see some variations and expressions of the word and their meanings:

  • Kimochiii (気持ちいい) = good feeling, feeling good;

Sentences with the word kimochi:

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My feelings私の気持ちmy feelings
This rain is good雨が気持ちいいlove ga kimochi ii
feel young気持ちは若いThe feeling is young

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