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(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 19, 2004
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Guy: Your fists are about as strong as a mosquito's
Kenshiro: Omae wa mou shindeiru
Guy: NANI?
*Ear rape noises*
Explosion
by dank pepe October 23, 2017
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A mysterious species; one the rarest kind. Portrayed as free yet held in captivity to man-kind. Nothing you know too much about but somehow you can never get to know her quite enough; persona so loud you could hear her in the silence.
It'd be my pleasure to ever be aquatinted with someone like a Nani
by gogomojo March 22, 2011
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