Last modified on 7 February 2014, at 08:13




Attested during the Edo period. Derived from でっぷり (deppuri) with reduplication of the でぶ (debu) element, in a similar pattern seen in other term pairs such as はっきり (hakkiri) → はきはき (hakihaki), ふらり (furari) → ふらふら (furafura), たっぷり (tappuri) → だぶだぶ (dabudabu), etc.

でっぷり (deppuri) itself likely derives from 出っ張り (deppari, protruding), from verb 出っ張る (depparu, to protrude), a compound of prefixed verb 出る (deru) ("to go out", used in a similar way to the English preposition out after a verb) and verb 張る (haru) (of many meanings, the most relevant here being "to be taut / prominent / stuck out").


でぶでぶ (romaji debudebu)

  1. extremely fatly, obesely

Adjectival nounEdit

でぶでぶ (-na inflection, romaji debudebu)

  1. extremely fat, obese