What does っす at the end of a sentence mean?



I saw a sentence like:


and none of my dictionaries have an entry for just "っす". Is it a verb form, gobi, or something else?


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It's a contraction of です. It's not quite as polite as that though - it's always sounded a bit like "thinking that one needs to be polite but not bothering to do it properly" to me. I guess it comes somewhere between teineigo-level polite and casual in the politeness spectrum.

Matti Virkkunen

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It is a contraction of です, but you will also hear (mostly younger guys) putting it (without the っ) on greetings. こんにちはす!こんばんはす!Here's a real example (written like it's spoken). っす Is not normal polite Japanese. Think of it as almost using a です when the situation is uncertain; for example, a group of young guys who've met fairly recently. です・ます are rather stilted, but they don't know each other well enough to use complete casual style. The contraction っす is a nice halfway point. In the context that you saw it, it could be expanded to これを使っているのです. Then then の turns into ん and then disappears. The "のです" construction is used a lot more often than regular old ます. Technically the first one is considered an explanation of something, but it is also less stiff than the latter.

Nate Glenn

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Is it used in questions? There was a scene in an anime, where a girl is talking to a boy who heavily uses っす and probably other derivatives (っすよう from what I gather). At some point the girl mistakenly switches to this half-polite level, saying: そうっす. But then corrects herself: そうですか. Are these interchangeable? Or she didn't finish the first phrase? Like, そうっすか? – x-yuri – 2019-02-02T20:50:22.193

Why don't I just show you? https://vimeo.com/315016429 (ichiemon ssu) https://vimeo.com/315016438 (niemon ssu) https://vimeo.com/315016418 (mon ssu, director's cut) don't forget to turn on the subtitles and read the description

– x-yuri – 2019-02-02T21:34:58.387

Is this [っす] etymology real? A halfway point between formal and informal? I'm curious, bcuz if so, that is quite interesting. Since when [っす] emerge in spoken Japanese? – taylor – 2012-08-08T14:35:13.477

1っす is quite masculine speech. It's mostly a polite dialect from what my wife told me. It could be contraction of both です and ーます – Uberto – 2011-06-01T10:14:37.357


It's lazy polite form. Dropped for ease of use and to add a level of casual feel. Used nationwide.

When I worked in bars and a few host clubs this style commonly used in place of normal 敬語 as it is too stiff for young women, who are the majority of our customers. However, we always reverted back to normal 敬語 when an older male, female(ママさん) or couple was the customer.

I suppose you can also think of this as a slightly flirtatious polite form.


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As others have noted, it's a corrupted form of ーです. It's usually found in social situations where both humility and some roughness are apropos, like in yakuza movies, when a lower-level thug is talking to the boss. Another example is when addressing sempai in after-school clubs, particularly athletics. おはようございます -> おはようーっす!, お疲れさまです -> おつかれっす, etc.


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It is a contraction of です--though as you'll note in your example sentence, it is often used in places where です would not be grammatically correct. It indicates politeness, but shows the (often young) speaker's ignorance of the proper polite forms. :)

Amanda S

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"It indicates politeness, but shows the (often young) speaker's ignorance of the proper polite forms." Is this an opinion or a fact? I am curious – Francesco Gallarotti – 2011-05-31T23:43:05.513

Opinion, and a tongue-in-cheek one at that. It indicates politeness and it's not a grammatically-correct polite form, but that doesn't necessarily mean that someone who uses it is ignorant. :) – Amanda S – 2011-05-31T23:49:16.267


Similar to English, you can abbreviate common words with slang. I've heard おはよう become おっす, and similar. There isn't even a す in おはよう.


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2I thought it was a contraction of おはようございます but actually it seems that it can be written 押忍 so it might be a different ending? – Nicolas Raoul – 2011-06-01T01:04:54.747

2おっす / 押忍 is not a variation on おはようございます; it's a completely different greeting. It's like a macho "hi", often specific to martial arts clubs and other bastions of testosterone. The ーっす version of おはようございます is おはようっす. – SuperElectric – 2011-07-06T23:09:15.810

2That's true, but it's also worth noting that the etymology of おっす is almost certainly from a contraction of おはようございます (gogen ascribes it to pre-war martial art schools in Kyoto). One shouldn't confuse etymology with current usage, of course. – Oren Ronen – 2011-07-07T05:32:32.877