What is the meaning of Ara Ara?

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Have you seen in Japanese Animes or Streamings the characters say plow plow? In this article we will understand the true origin and meaning of the term macaw [あら‐あら].

O que significa ara ara? - araara

araara, konnani doronko ni natte
Jeez, I got full of mud!

The expression plow plow is spoken when you are impressed or surprised by something. It is mostly used by women.


Ara ara not only expresses a small surprise but also a lovely feeling. Sometimes it can be used sarcastically, to make fun and incite someone.

This idiomatic expression is intended to present a tone of surprise and may contain a slightly sarcastic intent. It would sound like "Oh", "Oh well", "Oh heavens" and "Oh my god".

O que significa ara ara? - ara ara game

When is Ara Ara used?

Older women often use Ara Ara when they find pets, children or younger people doing something wrong and she thinks this is funny or adorable.

The phrase can also often be used to suggest the sexual intentions of a female character towards a younger man.


It may carry little or no strange connotations. Anyway, I would be careful with this word as memes and otaku culture have heightened the meanings of the word even more.

O que significa ara ara? - araarapng

What is the origin of Ara Ara?

The expression is quite old and can be found in many records from the 1200s, but its original meaning may differ significantly from the present one.

The phrase is usually used in a seductive and flirtatious way, but in reality it has always been on the lips of the people, especially by Japanese ladies. Only today, because of anime and manga, the word ended up falling more in the vocabulary of young people.


Although the exact origin of the phrase is unknown, the expression “Ara Ara” has appeared in countless manga and anime series and became popular on the internet after 2008 by the forums like 4chan.

Although the term has been seen in anime since before 2000, the term has only now gone viral as a meme, mainly because of TikTok and Streaming games from anime character channels.

Recently, the characters of Kimetsu no Yaiba and Hataraku Saibou were also responsible for further viralizing the expression ara ara. Below see a compilation of characters speaking ara ara:


The meaning of Ara [荒ら]

The term ara separately can mean many things, especially if it is written in different ideograms. It can refer to the name of a fish or even the a person's last name.

When consulting the Japanese dictionary, we have the following definition for ara [あら]: oh; oh

In the case of the junction of ara ara, we can find words that approximately, but combined with [し] become an adjective meaning rough, rough, hard or wild.

O que significa ara ara? - ara ara

Alternatives to the expression Ara Ara

This expression of feeling of surprise is very common in Japanese language and you've probably seen different expressions that have pretty much the same meaning as:

  • あれあれあれ [are are are]
  • あれー [aree]
  • あらー [araa]
  • あららららら
  • あらあらー
  • ありありー
  • ありゃりゃりゃりゃ
  • あれ~ あら~
  • おやおや あれあれ~ 
  •  あれれ 
  • あれれれれれ 
  • ありゃりゃ 
  • あんりまあ 
  • あらやだ 
  • あらあらあらー 
  • あらあら ヒューヒュー だ ね !
  • あらあらきげんよう。
  • あらあら 見 て は 駄目。
  • ダメ よ あらあら。

Definition of Are Are

It means pretty much the same thing as ara ara, is it a word that is spoken when you are surprised or disappointed by something like “this again”?

Definition of Araara kashiko [あらあらかしこ]

At the end of the letters it is common to find the expression ara ara kashiko which conveys the idea of something like: The words in this letter are not enough to convey my thoughts. We apologize for the inconvenience, but thank you for your broad, warm and sincere understanding of what you would like to convey.