how to say "what" in japanese

usually used when you're surprised
Nani the fuck did you just fucking iimasu about watashi, you chiisai bitch desuka? Watashi’ll have anata know that watashi graduated top of my class in Nihongo 3, and watashi’ve been involved in iroirona Nihongo tutoring sessions, and watashi have over sanbyaku perfect test scores. Watashi am trained in kanji, and watashi is the top letter writer in all of southern California. Anata are nothing to watashi but just another weaboo. Watashi will korosu anata the fuck out with vocabulary the likes of which has never been mimasu’d before on this continent, mark watashino fucking words. Anata thinks anata can get away with hanashimasing that kuso to watashi over the intaaneto? Omou again, fucker. As we hanashimasu, watashi am contacting watashino secret netto of otakus across the USA, and anatano IP is being traced right now so you better junbishimasu for the ame, ujimushi. The ame that korosu’s the pathetic chiisai thing anata calls anatano life. You’re fucking shinimashita’d, akachan.
by Kazariiiiiiiiiiii-chan September 2, 2021
(informal)

Japanese for "What?"

You're always hearing this in anime and reading it in manga, and it's basically a simple response to anything confusing, offensive, or mysterious.

Can be used in virtually any situation. Plus you sound all cosmopolite if you can speak in Japanese.
1) "Nani?"
Trans: I beg your pardon?

2) "Nani?!"
T: Did you just say what I think you said?!

3) "Nani kore?"
T: What is this?

4) "Nani..."
T: This is all so mysterious and intriguing...I wonder what it all could mean.

have fun.
by noflo June 20, 2004
Meaning 'what' in Japanese. It's the reaction to 'omae wa mou shinderiu", which means 'you are already dead'. This is a catchphrase that the lead character Kenshiro says. Usually an ear rape would fall right after.
1: OMAE WA MOU SHINDERIU
2: nani
*earrape*
Nani??

Meaning: What? In japanese.
大嫌い!!! (I hate you)
NANI?

あなたはたわごとの味を持っている!
NANIIII??
by yoMomma36 February 14, 2018
Nani is Inukitut (the language of the Inuit in Northern Canada) means "Where?"
As his hunting buddy yells: I spot a "Tuktu! (Caribou)".

He quickly replied: "Nani?! (Where?!)"
by Arctistic January 7, 2018
punani shortened

slang for vagina
james: woah man look at that slut
steve: she must hav a loose nani
by C-losh January 21, 2010
How's nani doing today?
by IFXXavier June 26, 2005