痴漢

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See also: 痴汉

Chinese[edit]

 
imbecile; sentimental; stupid
imbecile; sentimental; stupid; foolish; silly
Chinese; name of a dynasty; man
trad. (痴漢/癡漢) /
simp. (痴汉)

Pronunciation[edit]


Etymology 1[edit]

Attestable in the Sui and Tang dynasties in the 北史 (Běishǐ, “History of the Northern Dynasties”), and in the Ming dynasty novels 西遊記西游记 (Xīyóujì, “Journey to the West”) and 金瓶梅 (Jīnpíngméi, “The Plum in the Golden Vase”).

Noun[edit]

痴漢

  1. (derogatory, literary) fool; idiot

Etymology 2[edit]

Orthographic borrowing from Japanese ()(かん) (chikan).

Noun[edit]

痴漢

  1. (male) groper; (male) pervert; (male) sexual harasser

Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term

Grade: S
かん
Grade: 3
on’yomi
Alternative spelling
癡漢 (kyūjitai)

Etymology[edit]

Appears to be a borrowing from written Chinese 痴漢 (literally stupid + man, guy). First cited in Japanese in 1790 with the stupid guy sense.[1]

The "Xbox fanboy" sense originates from a media interview of Akihabara retailer Messe Sanoh, where one customer stated his intention to purchase an Xbox in addition to the adult computer game Ryōjoku Chikan Jigoku.[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

()(かん) (chikan

  1. [from 1949] (male) pervert; molester; masher
  2. [from 1949] sexual harassment of a woman by a man
  3. [from 1790] (archaic) (male) fool, idiot
    Synonyms: 愚か者 (orokamono, not gender-specific), 馬鹿者 (bakamono, not gender-specific), 愚者 (gusha, not gender-specific)
  4. [from 2013] (slang, vulgar, derogatory, video games) an Xbox fanboy, Xbot
    Synonym: 箱信者 (hako shinja)

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Verb[edit]

()(かん)する (chikan surusuru (stem ()(かん) (chikan shi), past ()(かん)した (chikan shita))

  1. of a man, to sexually harass a woman
    (まん)(いん)(でん)(しゃ)()(かん)された
    man'in densha de chikan sareta
    was sexually harassed in a packed train

Conjugation[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 痴漢”, in 日本国語大辞典 (Nihon Kokugo Daijiten, Nihon Kokugo Daijiten)[1] (in Japanese), 2nd edition, Tōkyō: Shogakukan, 2000, →ISBN
  2. ^ Brian Ashcraft (July 2, 2013), “Why Xbox Fans Are Called “Gropers” in Japan”, in Kotaku[2], retrieved July 6, 2021
  3. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN