Tuesday, April 30, 2019

torogao トロ顔

In Japanese, torogao トロ顔 means more or less "dozy face," in the sense of an expression of (often sexual) pleasure that makes someone feel relaxed enough to look dozy, with eyes half-closed, etc.

Example of torogao
Anime: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai ~Tensai-Tachi no Ren'ai Zunousen~ かぐや様は告らせたい~天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦~ (Episode 11)
  • Context: food is delicious.
  • kan'in 完飲
    Drinking it all. (in this case, ramen.)

It comes from torotoro トロトロ , a mimetic word which means, among other things, "dozing off." Plus the word kao 顔, "face," that becomes gao 顔 because of rendaku.

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