Japanese "boss girl"

21:37 Nov 25, 2006
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English to Japanese translations [PRO]
Slang / Japanese youth, college and street slang and figurative language
English term or phrase: Japanese "boss girl"
In American English slang, a "boss girl" is a girl who doesn't take mess off of anyone. How do you say "boss girl" In Japanese slang? Please list as many slang translations as possible, and please use Romanized Japanese. Thank you.
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4Onna bancho, or Sukeban
Choonih Im
3 +1ヤンキー女 - yankii onna
Brandon Wood



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ヤンキー女 - yankii onna

I think the nuance is a little different in Japanese than the term "boss girl" in English, but then again the exact equivalent of a "boss girl" does not exist in Japan, at least that I have seen. A "yankii onna" is basically what you might call a badass in English. She smokes, she probably is involved in illegal activities, and she sure doesn't take any lip from anyone. She might even carry around a weapon like a knife, bat, or chain. Yep, I don't think you wanna mess with a chick like that.

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agree  Will Matter: What a complimentary term, ;0) the etymology is obvious.
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  -> thank you. indeed it is :)
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Onna bancho, or Sukeban

Onna bancho and Sukeban mean the same thing-- a young female boss. Onna means "girl" and "bancho" means a boss or a head of certain group of people. If the boss is a male, you can call him bancho. Suke is a slang for a female, so you can also call a girl boss Sukeban. Here, this "ban" is a short bersion of bancho. Onna bancho and Sukeban are normally used among youg gangs, like badass school kids.

Example sentence(s):
  • あいつはこの学校の女番長だ。 aitsu wa kono gakko no onna bancho da.
Choonih Im
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