Is there a female version of ikemen?


Ikemen means something like cool man, is there something similar for women?


Posted 2015-05-26T22:49:05.800

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1Doesn't it mean 'good-looking man'? – Aeon Akechi – 2015-05-26T22:54:58.073

Judging from the answers below I think so, but I read it to be a cool man. – Friso – 2015-05-27T00:21:13.700



I do not believe there would be a word that everyone could agree upon as the word 「イケメン」 itself is pretty new.

If you are looking for a new word, we have 「イケジョ」 even though it is not wide-spread yet.

More common (and traditional) words include: [美人]{びじん}、[美女]{びじょ}、べっぴん、べっぴんさん, etc. All are safe choices.

「かわいこちゃん」(with only one い) was a very common word when I was growing up, but it feels kinda retro now.

You could say (and we do often say) 「きれいな人」 though it is not one word.


Posted 2015-05-26T22:49:05.800

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Because it just means "good looking / handsome man" the female version will be 美人 (bijin) meaning "pretty women".

Maybe your also interested into the fairly newly created words デキ女 (dekijo) and デキ男 (dekidan) for a more characterwise coolness in the sense of someone who is successful f.e. in job.


Posted 2015-05-26T22:49:05.800

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1There also is モテ女 and モテ男 for further research, if you're interested. – dinogeist – 2015-05-26T23:07:04.150