popular gyaru slang 2019

Popular Gyaru Slang of 2019

Last year EGG announced their popular gyaru slang of 2019, voted on by their in-house models and over 3000 other gals. Slang is a great way to sound more natural when speaking a different language with friends.
Although be warned; Japanese people can quite often find it hilarious to hear foreigners speak Japanese slang.

Some of these slang words are also more used by High School girls.

The Winners

popular gyaru slang 2019

The word evolved from Gyaru and was created by the egg models Pito (Hitomi Komura), Ayakatin (Ayaka Ishiyama) and Kiiripu (Suzuki Kirei).
They say that if you take a picture while saying it, your will make a duck face.
If you search instagram for #ぎゃう you will find over 5000 posts with gyaru, so it really seems to have taken over!

#外人ぎゃう anyone???

A type of greeting made popular by the EGG model Maami (Aimi Oda) when she introduces herself on Eggs YouTube channel. Similar to “ossu”. (Very casual way of greeting, often used by delinquents)

Egg models then started using it instead of regular greetings.

popular gyaru slang 2019

Has lighter, more casual meaning compared to the normal ecchi.

For those that do not know the original meaning of the slang Ecchi, it means something “naughty”, “dirty” or “sexy”. Also used in the context of ecchi suru (エッチする), to have sex (wiki).

Mainly used by the editorial staff of egg. The point is to say “nai” bit on an exhale and repeat the word annoyingly.

Sad/joyful crying, can be used in almost any situation.

It won first place in the 2019 JC/JK (Junior/Senior Highschool) Buzzword Awards”.

E.g. My phone isn’t charging, pien.
Tanaka-Kun is so cute, pien.


Gyan means “super” when used with other words such as Kowa (scary), Naita (crying). GyanGyan uses Gyan twice and therefore takes it to an even higher level.


Used when the tension rises.

Similar meaning as アゲアゲ (AgeAge).

Origins are believed to stem from comedians and sketches. It is used to describe something weird/strange. Like when it is cold outside, but you decide to wear a light jacket, so あたおか.

popular gyaru slang 2019



My favorite will definitely be #ぎゃう and #ぎゃんかわ! What about you gals?

I think using #gyau/#gaijingyau is perfect for us to use so that we can find each other more easily.
Since the #gaijingyaru has become quite saturated with general j-fashion. Not to mention that with Reiwa you will be seeing more gyaru using gyau instead, as even Ayakatin’s and Pito’s graduation festival is called “GyauFES”. (As seen on their instagram).

These were the popular gyaru slang of 2019, please comment if you want more of these!

I got my information from Numan and livedoor News, feature image from EGG magazine.

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  1. I love this! My slang (in Japanese) is so old fashioned now since I’m a few years older than most egg models and have graduated school earlier than them therefore so it’s becoming really noticeable how there’s a kind of generation gap. Especially with Gyaru it’s so important sort of to go with the time to really keep up.

  2. Love this breakdown, super informative 😍❤💕 Also love that “gyaru” is evolving into “gyau”. Hopefully the gaijin community can jump on this too so we can find each other more easily ❤ It’s nice to see gyaru evolve to better work within the current era! Makes me hopeful for the future of gal 💪❤

  3. So much slang – I feel so old haha! I think my favourite one has to be gyankawa… It sounds so cute!

    And I like the sound of using gyau hashtags instead of gyaru!

  4. I really need to start using the new tags! Thank you for this post!

  5. Love this post!! Never knew much slang before so this is helpful! It’s also great to be up to date with it too 😅. I think my faves are gyau, pien, and “gal saves the world”! Even though that last one didn’t make the top, I’m loving it ❤️

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