Japanese onomatopoeia: fear, uncertainty, nervousness

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On this page, you can learn Japanese onomatopoeia to describe fear, uncertainty and nervousness.

いらいら

兄は今とてもいらいらしています。

My older brother is very agitated now.

そわそわ

そわそわ describes the state of uncertainty.

ざわざわ

ざわざわ describes the state of uncertainty.

ぞくぞく

ぞくぞくする。

I feel cold.

ぞくぞく describes somebody who feels cold. The person is likely to be sick.

Other examples

ぞく describes the state of fear.

ぞわぞわ

ぞわぞわ describes the state of fear.

There are many ぞs in the manga above as ぞ is the first letter of ぞわぞわ and readers understand he is scared of something from his facial expression.

ドキドキ

ブロックがくずれるかもしれないので、ドキドキしています。

I am nervous as blocks may collapse.

ぷんぷん

女の子がぷんぷんおこっている。

A girl is angry.

ぷんぷん describes the state of anger. It is used for a girl or someone little or cute. The level of anger is not that high.