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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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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*
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Nani, (何), Meaning what in japanese. Weebs say it because they think watching anime means they are japanese.
Weeb: Nani?!
Person:Its "what"
Weeb: *anime noises*
Person: wtf
by Lemon_ September 12, 2020
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