Glossary of Common Chinese Slangs, Gaming and ACGN Terms

You can find a list of most of the most commonly used Chinese Slangs, Gaming Terms and ACGN (Anime, Comics/Manga, Games, Novels) Terms used in Chinese novels.

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Chinese Slangs
Term Literal Translation Meaning
美眉 /MM Beautiful Eyebrows The term originated from a Taiwanese tv drama, in which an actor’s accent caused his pronunciation of 妹妹 (little sister) to sound like 美眉. The term has then grown to mean a pretty girl.
恐龙(妹) Dinosaur An ugly girl/woman
蛋疼 Egg hurt It’s the feeling you get when you feel very frustrated/annoyed/really pissed off about something (just like when your balls hurt).
卖萌 Act moe I think that’s pretty self-explanatory.
屌丝 Male pubic hair The original meaning of the term would be a ‘plebeian’. However, it is not often used as a slang for losers as well.
卧槽/我操/我艹/我靠/我擦 I fuck (your mom) Originating from “我肏你妈”, which translates to “I fuck your mom”, the origin phrase essentially means “fuck you”. On the other hand, when used by itself it just means “fuck”. The reason this is used is merely to prevent censorship of 我肏.
次奥 Taken the pinyin of 操 (ciao), it is another way of saying “fuck”.
尼玛 尼玛 as the same pronunciation as 你妈 (your mom). It’s meaning is the same as the previous as being a short form of “I fuck your mom”. Since 你妈 is often censored, this is used instead.
你妹 Your sister Short for “我操你妹” i.e. I fuck your sister. It has essentially the same meaning as “fuck you”.
意淫/YY Although the term originated from “Dream of the Red Chamber”, it has long since lost its original meaning. The current meaning is “fantasizing”, but it often also has a sexual undertone linked to it.
跪了 Kneeled It expresses the feeling one has when they would kneel, often when admitting a person is truly powerful; or to show admiration. At the same time, it can also be a way of saying that the person is unable to express the speechlessness. 跪了is roughly the Chinese equivalent of “orz”.
毁三观 Ruin three views The 三观 (three views) refers to “world view”, “view of life” and “view of value”. 毁三观 is basically used to describe those people or situation that goes against those views.
躺枪/躺着也中枪 Laying gun / Getting shot even when lying down The phrase originated from a famous line in the movie “Fight Back to School”, where a random soldier accidentally shot towards the floor, hitting a person that was pretending to be dead on the floor. It is used to express a person’s speechlessness / helplessness when they are uninvolved/innocent/retaining a low profile already. A typical example would be three friends are talking, Friend A and Friend B are insulting each other, then all of a sudden, Friend C got insulted by Friend A out of nowhere.
土豪 It refers to those filthy rich people that don’t think about spending and doesn’t have much taste.
坑爹 Pit dad This is a term that’s very hard to actually express in English. It can be used to describe when a person/situation screws someone over. A situation -when this is used is when there is a group of people playing a team-based game, but one person just keeps screwing the team over. In that situation, the team would describe him as坑爹 (Keng Die).
高富帅 Tall Rich Handsome Rather self-explanatory, it is a term to describe a man that’s tall, rich and handsome.
白富美 White Rich Beautiful Rather self-explanatory, it is a term used to describe a woman that has a light skin tone, rich and beautiful
基友 Gay friend Although it can be used literally, as a slang word, it just describes two close male friends.
打酱油 Hitting Soy Sauce It roughly translates to “passing by” or is used as a term to describe casual players in sports, games etc.
神马 Divine horse 神马 is the slang what of saying 什么 (what)
虾米 Dried Shrimp 虾米is the slang what of saying 什么 (what), it originated from the Hokkien pronunciation什么.
太监了 Eunuched It is a slang way to describe things that didn’t end. E.g. a web novel that the author dropped could be described as太监了
重口味 Heavy taste hardcore
御宅族 / 宅男 Otaku The former term means “Otaku”, while the latter term specifically refers to a male otaku.
霉女 Mold girl It is slang for referring to a female otaku.
候住 Taken from the word “hold”, 候住 means “hold it”.
It is a slang way of referring to “me”.
熟女 Mature woman
露肉 Revealing meat It means “revealing” as in revealing your body. So a revealing piece of clothing would be 露肉装, and if someone is revealing a lot of skin, they would be doing the process of 露肉.
败家 Defeat home A person that just waste away the family’s money without care.
打炮 Hit cannon Male masturbation
啪啪 Pa pa It originates from the sound of two people’s body colliding during sex. It just means having sex.

Gaming Terms
Term Literal Translation Meaning and Origins
上单 Solo Top It is a MOBA term.
中单 Solo Mid It is a MOBA term.
打野 Jungle It is a MOBA term.
辅助 Support
非洲人 African Originating from KanColle, it is the term referring to a very unlucky person
亚洲人 Asian Originating from KanColle, it is the term referring to a person with average luck.
欧洲人 European Originating from KanColle, it is the term referring to a very lucky person
坦克/肉盾 Tank / Meat Shield Someone who ‘tanks’ for the team, i.e. takes all the damage
风筝 Kite Same as the literal meaning, it refers to the act of ‘kiting’
爆头 Headshot
666 / 6 666 / 6 It is used to describe a person doing something very cool. For example, if Person A did something very cool, Person B would say, “666.” Or “You are so 6.”
晒晒 Show show Show off

ACGN Terms
Terms (Literal) Translation Meaning
元气 Genki Energetic/cheerful person.
腐女 Fujoshi (rotten girl) Japanese term for girls who are fans of BL novels, manga, etc.
Moe (new sprouts appearing from the ground) On the contrary, to what Moe originally meant, it turned into a slang for describing one’s emotional affections towards a 2D character. (games, novels, manga, etc)
御姐 Onee-san Older sister character type.
女王 Queen Dominating character
正太 Shota Little boy.
萝莉 Loli Little girl.
乙女 Otome Young maiden.
中二病 Chuunibyou 8th grader syndrome. Time period when person (usually around 14yrs old) is under the delusions that world spins around them (they are the greatest, main characters of the world. Etc). Usually used in anime for characters thinking they have superpowers.
天然呆 Tennen Boke (Natural Airhead) A person that naturally acts clueless/stupid/unaware
秀吉 Hideyoshi Hideyoshi is a term for a character that is “neither male nor female” in other words, characters who are hard to categorize as either purely a boy or a girl.

Anyone with characteristics like that of Hideyoshi Kinoshita from Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu.

傲娇 Tsundere Character who is acting cold (tsuntsun) on the outside while being lovestuck (deredere) inside.
病娇 Yandere (sickly lovestuck) Character who would use any violent means to be with his/her lover.
黑化 Blacken Originating from Fate / Stay Night, when Saber gets transformed into Saber Alter. This basically describes someone that has drastically changed or “fallen”.

Literally, it means when a character undergoes a sudden “dark/sinister” change.

腹黑 Haraguro Someone who has an evil inside, but often acts kind and innocent in appearance
毒舌 Dokuzetsu A poison tongued person.
猫耳娘 Nekomimi Girl Cat ear girl
兔耳娘 Usagimimi girl Rabbit ear girl
鬼畜 Demon Demonic/Savage personality.
幼驯染 Osananajimi Childhood friend
(爆发)小宇宙 Cosmos Reference to Saint Seiya’s Cosmos power-up.
纳尼 Nani Japanese term for “what”
伪娘  Fake girl / Tomgirl Trap/crossdressing character that could be mistaken for a girl.
KUSO Kuso Japanese slang for swearing “damn, shit, etc”
口癖 Speech habit Kuchiguse in Japanese is used for a word (or sometimes a phrase) that a person uses often in a conversations. (eg: Nya, Nano desu, Dattebayo)
残念 Zannen Regrets/bad luck.
-con -complex
百合 Girl’s Love Yuri action
死库水 Sukumizu School swimsuit
工口 Ero ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
绝对领域 Absolute Territory The space between girl’s knee socks and skirt.
杀必死 Service 2D fan service.
达令 Darling Referring to a character with Darling.
卖肉 Selling meat Fan service.
赛高 Saikou Referring to something or someone as “best/supreme/highest level”
推倒 Push down Push down in a sexual way
暴走 Boso Running wild/rampaging character.
吐槽 Retort / Tsukkomi Tsukkomi – retort or in other words, “playing a straight man”.
(收到)好人卡 Good person card / Rejected More specifically, it’s getting rejected with something along the lines of “You’re a good person, but we can’t be together.”
软妹(子) Soft sister A girl that’s kind and easy to push around, while also having a good personality
本命 Honmei (Favorite) The most popular character(s) in a series. (best waifu/husbando)
布鲁马 Bloomer
-君 -kun Honorific mostly used by seniors addressing to juniors, or among male friends.

Although, it’s usually used for men, it’s not a strict rule.

-酱 -chan A honorific usually used with children or people who you are close to.
无路赛 Urusai JP for for “Shut up!”
Literally means “annoying, Noisy”.
(满头)黑线 Black lines A show of speechlessness.

Moe Characteristics
Terms Translation Meaning
萝莉 Loli
御姐 Onee-san
粉发 Pink hair
黑长直 Straight black hair
双马尾 Twintails
螺旋卷 Drill hair Character with drill/spring-like curly hair.
姬发式 Hime cut Hime Cut is a hairstyle consisting of straight, usually cheek-length sidelocks and frontal fringe.
呆毛 Ahoge Lit. Stupid hair. That single standing lock of hair on characters. (like araragi from bakemonogatari)
灼眼 Burning-eye(s) Characters with Red/crimson eyes.
双色瞳 Heterochromic eyes Person with different eye colors.
眼镜娘 Meganekko Lit. Glasses girl/Girl with glasses.
虎牙 Tiger teeth Cute Little Fangs peeking out from mouth.
兽耳 Kemonomimi Beast ears
贫乳 Flat chest
巨乳 Huge breasts
爆乳 Explosive breasts
仆娘 Bokukko
傲娇 Tsundere
病娇 Yandere
天然呆 Tennen Boke Natural airhead.
三无
女王 Queen
天然黑 Tennen guro Lit. Natural Guro. Being a Haraguro while not aware of themselves/enthusiastic about it.
软妹(子)
元气 Genki
无铁炮 Muteppo Hot-headed/rash character.
冒失女 Rash girl
电波女 Denpa Onna (electrowave Girl) Denpa is a Japanese term for individuals who are disconnected or dissociated from the people around them.
黑化 Blacken
腹黑 Haraguro
毒舌 Dokuzetsu / Poisonous tongue Person with Harsh/Abusive language.
中二病 Chuunibyou / Eight-grader syndrome
痴女 Chijo Female pervert.
圣母 Saint
人妻 Married woman
吃货 Glutton.
阿卡林 Akarin
弱气 Yowaki Weak willed character.
丧女 Mojo Unpopular woman/girl (with boys).
阴气 Inki Gloomy/Dark aura.
大和抚子 Yamato Nadeshiko Japanese term for “ideal woman” or “woman who displays the charms of old japan)
柴刀女 Machete girl
电锯女 Electric saw girl
兵器娘 Weapon girl
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