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A Japanese acronym for YAma nashi, Ochi nashi, Imi nashi, which means, roughly, "No peak, no point, no meaning". It is a term used to describe purely sex-focused manga or anime. It is often used incorrectly as a blanket term to cover yaoi, shounen ai, tanbi, shota, and BL, as well as being (again, incorrectly) used as a synonym for gay.
That vendor was selling what was labelled as yaoi, but it was mostly BL.
by Rando June 06, 2005
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A Japanese abbreviation for "YAmanashi, Ochinashi, Iminashi" which translates to "without climax, without resolution, without meaning," and by the Japanese definition refers to doujinshi that support a non-canon, 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.
"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
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Fictional homosexual pairings, usually somehow related to Japanese culture. A.k.a. drawings and stories of male characters giving each other head and fucking each other in the ass. Even though the content is adult, explicit, gay male sex, pretty much the only people who create or appreciate yaoi are straight female children. Don't ask me why.
13-year-old girl: OMG did u see that new yaoi story xXhakuri-chanXx rote about Draco Malfoy doing Harry up the ass and then cumming all over his face while Snape watched and jerked off?! KAWAII!! ;;^__^;;
by tacgnooooool February 18, 2008
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the word for homosexal relationships, usually only used to define relationships between anime/manga characters
"lol kates been reading to much yaoi again"

"i know but your a closet pervert anyway so shut it"
by objectionable January 05, 2009
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A jappanese slang for boy on boy love.
mostly used in reference to anime comics.
Yaoi is also known as Shonen-ai.
(you) : i really love to see boy on boy action... in anime style!

(me) : go grab a yaoi or a shonen-ai comic ...
by xXMaDMXx June 25, 2005
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anime gay sex between men
Oldfag: Hey man, have you ever been to the yaoi board?
Newfag: No, what does that mean?
Oldfag: Just go there, it's really cool!
...
Newfag: im 12 and what is this
by ActionHobo March 31, 2010
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Yaoi is love between two guys in anime. Many people think it's just gay porn but its not, though there are some yaois that have more explicit content, but people call them 'Hard Yaoi'. Yaoi has more of a story line than Hard Yaoi and the sex scenes in Yaoi aren't as long and you don't actually see them do it. Yaoi is really about relationships between gay people, not them 'getting it on' -_-

Also most people who watch Yaoi are girls who find gay relationships cute, they are called 'Yaoi Fangirls'. However i have heard of straight guys watching Yaoi too.
A good example of a Yaoi is Junjou Romantica.

A good example of Hard Yaoi is Sensitive Phonograph. (yes, its exactly what it sounds like and it the most explicit yaoi i've ever seen)
by A Yaoi Fangirl March 08, 2013
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