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omae is actually not rude if its just among friends

Submitted October 15th, 2002 by: Anonymous

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Since this is a dictionary, actually explaining the meaning of the word is considered helpful... Comment by: Nombiri    Rated:2/5
I know Omae means "you" so this was helpful, but put the meaning for others. Comment by: Ben    Rated:2/5
It's the familiar form of you. Kanji: 御前 or just お前。 Not sure why it's insulting. My guess is that it's more snobbish- or sarcastic-sounding because its designated use is to refer to someone of high personage or when you want to say "my dear . . . .", in which case お前さん (omae-san) is used. Correct me if I'm wrong. Comment by: Mike    Rated:2/5
well, from the kanji of hOh it literally means, "before", which in this case of calling someone translates to "hey you behind me" or "hey you who is lower than me" something like that. Comment by: akamai    Rated:3/5
since mae means like in front also i just thought it meant like person in front of me or something i don't know i just guessed. Comment by: sayu    Rated:3/5
I agree with yoru, (you in front of me) not behind. Comment by: deibitto   
Even though literally 'omae' translates to 'you' [plural], if you were to translate it to slang English it becomes 'you guys' Comment by: Nao   
I'm no expert, but I thought "omaera" was plural. Comment by: Nekketsu   
In the hierarchy of politeness, you would always treat people you don't know as well as your elders with respect, putting them in a higher position. Omae would be used with someone on your level or lower, kind of like kimi, like your friends or your little brother or someone you don't might disrespecting, like that punk who wanted to fight you last week. Comment by: Rob   
Isn't it also used by guys referring to their girlfriends? As in, possession..? Please correct me if I am wrong. Comment by: Rae   
A dictionary must list a word and define it. If you caught the error as an end user of this site you should rate the entry a 1 and not a 2 or 3. Webmaster-chan, For Shame! Comment by: The-Apotheosis    Rated:1/5
A dictionary must list a word and define it. If you caught the error as an end user of this site you should rate the entry a 1 and not a 2 or 3. Webmaster-chan, For Shame! Comment by: The-Apotheosis    Rated:1/5
I was under the impression "Omae" was damn you, and yes when in certain possessive sentences "mae" means in front. i.e. - Kissaten no mae ni..."in front of the coffee shop. (lit. the coffee shop's front) Comment by: Derrick   
How is this pronounced? Comment by: <   

 
 

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