What is the meaning of peropero (ペロペロ) in Japanese?

This article will give you all of the knowledge you need on the Japanese word peropero, including its Japanese definition and translation, example sentences, alternative expressions, and more!

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What does peropero mean?

The basic meaning of peropero in Japanese is licking. It is usually written as ペロペロ in katakana, but sometimes also as ぺろぺろ in hiragana.

Peropero is one of many Japanese onomatopoeia words that represent a sound, feeling, or emotion. In this case, peropero usually stands for something cute, like a puppy licking your hand to show affection or a cat lapping up milk.

Example sentences using peropero

The basic meaning of peropero in Japanese describes a licking sound or feeling.

Below, we take a look at some examples of how to use peropero in Japanese.

To make it easier for you, I have written each sentence in full Japanese kanji in the first line, followed by roman letters (romaji), and hiragana, with the English meaning coming last.

Inu ga kainushi san wo peropero suru no wa naze?
Why do dogs lick their owners?

Ie ni kaette kitara, wanchan ga ureshi sou ni te wo peropero shitekureta.
When I got home, my dog happily licked my hand.

Neko ga miruku wo peropero nondeita.
The cat slurped up the milk.

Peropero is often combined with the verb nameru (to lick; written as 舐める in kanji or なめる in hiragana) in sentences. The construction used is peropero to nameru. Here is an example.

Inu ga totsuzen, kao wo peropero to nameta.
The dog suddenly licked my face.

Related words

ぺろぺろキャンディー: A lollipop or candy

Why example sentences?

Learning Japanese can seem like a daunting task at first. The grammar and forms of politeness are very different from what English native speakers are used to.

You also have three distinct writing systems to get the hang of. I know it was difficult for me when I started out in 2005. But don’t let the kanji fool you! Like any language, Japanese is conquered one word at a time.

Example sentences are a large part of how I achieved fluency and became a professional translator. That’s why I’m writing this series of articles to break down new words in simple terms. I hope they will be useful.

A couple of bonus tips

Here are a couple of additional pointers to supercharge your learning.

1. Learn new vocabulary terms with example sentences
It’s much easier to remember the meaning of a new word within a sentence rather than in isolation. Use sites such as Linguee to find helpful examples for the term you want to learn.

2. Focus on verbs first and foremost.
Verbs will allow you to quickly construct your own sentences so they should be the main part of your study early on. You can always learn the Japanese for pencil sharpener when you actually need it.