Definition of kawaii in English:


Line breaks: ka¦waii
Pronunciation: /kəˈwʌɪ


  • (In the context of Japanese popular culture) cute: she paints elephants that are extremely kawaii
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    • Lee and I gave my Dad a Settlers of Catan travel set for his birthday, which is so kawaii.
    • Fun for when I'm bored and end up exchanging "kawaii" emails with coworkers on the weekends but simply a waste.
    • Breathtakingly kitsch to the outsider, many Japanese would simply utter an awestruck "kawaii!"


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  • The quality of being cute, or items that are cute: even in a cosmopolitan city like Tokyo, kawaii is everywhere
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    • Japan is the world capital of kawaii [ cuteness ], explains Guy Murphy of the Bartle Bogle Hegarty ad agency in Singapore.
    • Murakami uses the term to explain and critique the stubborn two-dimensionality of anime, manga and Japanese art, and Japan's kawaii (cute) consumer culture.
    • The most important thing in selling to girls is kawaii, or cuteness.



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