Wednesday, May 1, 2019

egao 笑顔

In Japanese, egao 笑顔 means "smiling face," or "smiling expression." That is, the face someone makes while they're smiling.

An example of egao.
Anime: SSSS.Gridman (Episode 12)

Literally, it's warau 笑う, "to laugh," or "to smile," plus kao 顔, "face," which becomes gao because of rendaku.

Note, however, that the way the word is used in Japanese is closer to just "smile." For example:
  • sono egao wo mamoritai
    その笑顔を守りたい
    [I] want to protect that "smiling face."
    [I] want to protect that smile.
  • kanojo no egao
    彼女の笑顔
    Her smile.

Furthermore, niko ニコ is another word that means smile, but it's mimetic.

Smiling ニコッ quote from manga Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu. 古見さんは、コミュ症です。
Manga: Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu. 古見さんは、コミュ症です。
  • niko' ニコッ
    *smile*

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