What does ちょちょい mean?


I can't find this defined anywhere.

Here's an example:


I am also interested in what this whole sentence says.

language hacker

Posted 2011-07-06T20:07:56.963

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I repeat the same comment as before: please add examples.

– Tsuyoshi Ito – 2011-07-06T20:17:38.190

I added an example. – language hacker – 2011-07-06T22:35:13.033

1I think your example is ungrammatical unless it's meant to be for some minor dialect. – None – 2011-07-06T23:17:56.020


I suppose these tweets http://www.curated.by/ento/-2 constitute the full context of the example sentence. The tweeter (マオ) is from Fukuoka: wikipedia

– ento – 2011-07-07T08:50:58.050

Yes, that is all correct. So what does the whole sentence say? – language hacker – 2011-07-07T09:48:05.960


I tried asking him directly but no response so far.

– ento – 2011-07-24T10:29:44.893



It's a variation of ちょっと, but usually in reference to an action. Just like ちょっと in that context, it's meant to indicate that the action will be quick and easy. It's more casual (and therefore more emphatically quick and easy) than ちょっと.

Not that it's rude, but I wouldn't use it outside of casual company.


Posted 2011-07-06T20:07:56.963

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So what does the example in my question say? – language hacker – 2011-07-07T06:49:45.303

"I'll go put the blanket on (somebody)" (タオルケット = a blanket with towel-like texture). The ちょちょい implies that it'll take just a sec, and the speaker will be right back. – SuperElectric – 2011-07-07T15:18:46.213

@SuperElectric: Is it not referring to the 先生, that he (kindly) comes and put a blanket on me (the speaker)? – fnokke – 2011-07-08T12:10:22.120

I hadn't read the original tweet that was linked from the question. You're right, @fnokke, it means "The teacher comes and puts the blanket on me", with ちょちょい meaning that it was done casually, as in, no big deal. – SuperElectric – 2011-07-08T13:00:08.990

Although all of this applies to ちょちょいと, I do not think that ちょちょい without と can be used as an adverb (as in the question) in the standard dialect. As sawa commented on the question, I suspect that it is a dialect-specific usage. – Tsuyoshi Ito – 2011-07-08T15:04:07.727


EDIT: My theory was wrong, as pointed out by SuperElectric.

Maybe it means the same as ちょいちょい ?

That is a Kansai dialect word, translates to: sometimes/often

= Recently I have been playing soccer relatively often.

Nicolas Raoul

Posted 2011-07-06T20:07:56.963

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If I google ちょいちょい then it comes up with a lot of things. Is it the same word? – language hacker – 2011-07-07T06:50:25.333

I don't know, but I guess it could a variation on the word, with the same meaning. I also see ちょいちょいちょちょい and ちょちょいのちょい being used, sounds like the Spanish construction of poquiquiquito. – Nicolas Raoul – 2011-07-07T06:58:34.863

This ちょいちょい is more like a Kansai version of しょっちゅう (frequently), and is different from the ちょちょい as used in the question's example. – SuperElectric – 2011-07-07T15:20:30.563