パラパラ

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See also: ハラハラ

Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Likely derived from Old Japanese root ばら (bara, scattered). Cognate with ばらばら, バラバラ (barabara, scattered, loose, in disarray, messy); parapara implies something softer or lighter than barabara.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [pa̠ɾa̠pa̠ɾa̠]

Adverb[edit]

パラパラ (hiragana ぱらぱら, rōmaji parapara)

  1. (onomatopoeia): evoking the sound made by a rain or leaves falling: sprinkling, clattering
     (あめ)パラパラ ()っている。
    Ame ga parapara to futteiru.
    There's a bit of rain. / It is sprinkling.
  2. (onomatopoeia): evoking the sound made by many pages turning quickly: riffling
    パラパラとページをめくりながら (ひと) (ごと)していた。
    Parapara to pēji o mekurinagara hitorigoto shiteita.
    He muttered to himself as he flipped / riffled through the pages.

Related terms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

パラパラ (-na inflection, hiragana ぱらぱら, rōmaji parapara)

  1. (onomatopoeia): evoking the image of disordered hair