A Japanese abbreviation for "YAmanashi, Ochinashi, Iminashi" which translates to "without climax, without resolution, without meaning," and by the Japanese definition refers to unofficial comic books (doujinshi) that support a non-official, homosexual (male/male) couple and are very explicit.

In English terms, however, the word is much more broad and can refer to anything with any homosexual(only male/male) or boy's love themes in anime and manga, sometimes even expanding to non-anime/manga works, but often in connection with fanfiction.

It is important to note that although the word 'homosexual' has been mentioned quite a bit in this definition, much of Japanese yaoi manga, as with most BL (boy's love) manga, cannot truly be considered homosexual content. This is because the men/boys in the comic, although often clearly represented in a relationship together (usually physical in nature), are in fact not homosexual, but show a deep romantic connection only to the one man they are portrayed as in love with. (Although this is not ALWAYS the case.)
"I hope that new Naruto/Sasuke doujin comes in soon, I'm afraid I'm suffering from a bit of yaoi withdrawl."

"Did you see that new Frodo/Sam yaoi fic? It was pure smut from start to finish."
by strawberry_flavoured_doom July 07, 2005
In short, BUTT SECKS!!
They wrote a yaoi about Ichigo and Renji doing what??
by Arpy April 16, 2008
Yaoi is a shortened version of the term "Yama nashi, Ochi nashi, Imi nashi"; which means "No plot, no point, no meaning."

And while this is what it DOES mean, the term is loosely used in the United States to mean something else. The actual term itself SHOULD be the same as a PWP (or porn without plot), but that's not always the case. If you ever talk to a fangirl/boy, many of them will actually mean it as the following:
PWP: Pure sex, nothing else to it.
Yaoi: Plot involved, but 18+ content.
Shonen-ai: Plot and only PG-13 content.

Other terms that should be known for the understanding of the BL genre (or boy's love) are doujinshi (fanfics basically), Shota (pedophilia), and tanbi (which isn't used anymore, but it set the ground for BL).

Oh and to those out there that will find this out the long way, just because Juné SAYS it's a yaoi manga, it doesn't always mean that. The rating on the back will determine if it's a yaoi or not.
person 1: Hey, the book says it's a yaoi, but is it really?
person 2: Depends, do they have sex?
person 1: Yes.
person 2: Do you SEE them having sex?
person 1: No.
Person 2: Then no.
by Crazed4now August 05, 2008
Yaoi is a term used to describe adult themes and graphic materials centering on romantic relationships between two (or more) males (always NC-17+ rated). Yaoi is actually a Japanese acronym shown below.

YAma nashi (Without climax)
Ochi nashi (Without conclusion)
Imi nashi (Without content)

Yaoi is basically a PWP. Like the components that make up its name, yaoi does not have a point, meaning, or end (seemingly), seeing as it is, most often, just graphic sex, and, in no ways limited in explicit descriptions of foreplay.

Some can argue that yaoi is not meaningless. However, yaoi is often utilized in shounen-ai pieces, which concentrate on the plot. Yaoi, itself, is the detailed description of the sexual process, which can be easily left out of the piece without changing the depth of the story. Still, it is according to preference whether one would want to read/see a simple lime or a full-blown lemon. Of course, there are people who favor plain shounen-ai.
This fanfiction is shounen-ai, as Male #1 and Male #2 are attracted to each other. Warning: This story contains YAOI, as Male #1 and Male #2 will have graphically-described sex with each other.
by LilPurplFlwr May 16, 2005
Animated Or drawn Mansex
Its like putting Ash and Gary from pokemon together...

Yaoi: Its a Turn on for some.... and for others its gross...

by Salmon-hime April 19, 2008
Yaoi (YAH-OH-EE): 'Yaoi' is a Japanese term meaning 'boy sex,' or sex between two males. It is largely seen in various Anime, Manga, and fanwork, and has become a rather flexible term. It is usually mistaken for Shounen-Ai, or 'boy love'.
"What, 'Gravitation'? I heard that comic book is all yaoi..."

"There's some great yaoi fanfics on this site, check it out!"

Etcetera...
by Destry May 30, 2005
Real Yaoi is purely sex; Shitty ass yaoi, which fangirls often get confused of the two, is when they cuddle or simply kiss.
No, there's no point or plot to yaoi-It's porn it doesnt have to have a point. Think about it, does the porn you look up on the internet really have a really deep complex plot behind it? No, it's porn! Get it through your thick ass skull! It's pooooorn!! Guy on Guy!
---Shitty ass Yaoi---

Ryuu: I love you Kyo, I'll never doubt our love again.

Kyo: I love you too...My Ryuu

*Light kiss*

---REAL Yaoi---

*Nearing the end of 3 hours of hardcore sex*

Ryuu: AHHHH!! K-Kyo!! *Moans*

Kyo: Ryuu...*Thrust faster* Ahh...*Cums everywhere*

Me: ...Damn, that was hot *Was watching the whole time*
by BlackNeko203 November 12, 2009

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