ecchi

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English[edit]

An ecchi picture
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Etymology[edit]

From Japanese エッチ, from English aitch, the pronounced form of H, used to refer to the word hentai. Loosely translated as "mild offense" or "naughty".

Adjective[edit]

ecchi (comparative more ecchi, superlative most ecchi)

  1. (of Japanese animation) Erotic, lascivious, lewd, naughty, sexy, suggestive.

Noun[edit]

ecchi (countable and uncountable, plural ecchi)

  1. (uncountable) A genre, especially of anime and manga, featuring playful, tongue-in-cheek usage of sexualized imagery and situations such as double entendre or flirtation, while remaining non-pornographic. Often used to differentiate from hentai which features overt sexual themes.
    The manga fan was disturbingly proud of his extensive ecchi collection.
  2. (rare, countable, chiefly proscribed by fandom slang) A situation within a story, especially anime and manga, which ventures into the ecchi genre.
    There was a moment of ecchi for comic relief in the otherwise serious story.

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