ぼかん

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Onomatopoeia.

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bokaɴ/, [bo̞kã̠ɴ]

Interjection[edit]

ぼかん (katakana ボカン, romaji bokan)

  1. kapow, bam, biff, bonk
Usage notes[edit]

Often written in katakana. Similar to ぽかん (pokan), but the softer initial b sound indicates a duller striking sound. Compare English onomatopoeiae bonk / ponk, bong / pong, bing / ping

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji reading.

Noun[edit]

ぼかん (romaji bokan)

  1. 母艦: a mother ship (specifically a water craft); short for 航空母艦 (kōkū bokan, aircraft carrier)