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Borrowed from Japanese ツンデレ (tsundere), from ツンツン (tsun-tsun, to turn away in disgust) + デレデレ (dere-dere, to become lovey-dovey).


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tsundere (plural tsundere)

  1. (chiefly Japanese fiction) A character, usually a girl, who is cold, nitpicky, and assuming a haughty air in one's usual self, but bashful, shy and eliciting feelings of moe when in the presence of someone one likes.
    • 2008, Kio Shimoku, Kujibiki Unbalance 1, Del Rey/Ballantine Books, ↑ISBN, page unnumbered:
      I usually draw very peaceful, happy manga, so it has been a real challenge for me to illustrate the vice president's death glare and Ri-chan's subtle tsundere attitude.
    • 2010 August 14, David Johnston, “Full Metal Panic: One Night Stand”, in rec.arts.anime.misc, Usenet[1]:
      Even Kaname's rude and overbearing tsundere personality is explained by her having gone to school in the United States where she was socialized to just bluntly say what she thought.
    • 2012, Dani Cavallaro, Kyoto Animation: A Critical Study and Filmography, McFarland & Company, ↑ISBN, page 157:
      Despite his apparent power, the boy behaves with uncharacteristic meekness toward the formidable tsundere Misato Tachibana, whose grotesquely distorted romantic feelings for Koujirou almost invariably result in her shooting him all over the school with heavy weaponry (which seems to spring out of nowhere).
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:tsundere.

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tsundere (comparative more tsundere, superlative most tsundere)

  1. Showing qualities typical of a tsundere.