ぺこぺこ

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to the verb 凹む (へこむ, hekomu), "to become hollow or dented, to sink in; to yield."

Adverb[edit]

ぺこぺこ (katakana ペコペコ, romaji pekopeko)

  1. (onomatopoeia) Expressing the sound of thin metal as it dents and collapses: "plinkingly, tinkingly"
    • 菅がぺこぺこと凹んだ。
      かんがぺこぺことへこんだ。
      Kan ga pekopeko to hekonda.
      The can dented in with a plink.
  2. (childish) Expressing the idea of one's stomach collapsing inwards: "extremely hungrily"
    • 熊がぺこぺことゴミ箱の中で探りまわった。
      くまがぺこぺことごみばこのなかでさぐりまわった。
      Kuma ga pekopeko to gomibako no naka de sagurimawatta.
      The bear hungrily groped around in the trash can.
  3. Humbly: see へこへこ.
    • ぺこぺこと頭を下げる
      ぺこぺことあたまをさげる
      Pekopeko to atama o sageru
      To lower one's head humbly

Adjective[edit]

ぺこぺこ (-na inflection, katakana ペコペコ, romaji pekopeko)

  1. Extremely hungry.
    • ペコペコな時にどうする?
      ぺこぺこなときにどうする?
      Pekopeko na toki ni dō suru?
      What do you do when you're really hungry?