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Etymology 1Edit

Unknown. First attested in the Edo period in the Kantō region, and until relatively recently use was confined to this area. Most likely theories of origin suggest:

  • a contraction of 女の子 (menoko, female child)
  • an alteration of 真処 (mako, center (of the body))
  • a shortening of 万幸 (mankō, 10,000 happinesses)
  • an alteration of the Old Japanese 美斗 (mito, genitalia in general, either male or female)
  • a derivation from the Sinitic 門口 (gate, doorway), from a reading of menkō rather than the expected on'yomi of monkō



まんこ (katakana マンコ, rōmaji manko)

  1. (vulgar, slang) a cunt; a pussy
    your pussy
Usage notesEdit
  • This is an example of a word that can be spelled with katakana to convey an informal conversational tone, as マンコ.
  • Only used as slang. Never in medical situations. Does not have any other uses as in the English cunt.
  • Considered harsher than おまんこ (​omanko).

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Etymology 2Edit

Proper nounEdit

まんこ (rōmaji Manko)

  1. 漫湖: Lake Man, a mangrove wetlands located in Naha and Tomigusuku cities on Okinawa.