## Is キモい a feminine expression?

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I understand that キモい comes from 気持ち悪い and I have only heard it used by women. I am wondering if it is exclusively used by women like how ending sentences with わ or かしら is only used by women.

1As istrasci writes, it is not feminine, but women might use it more often to classify and discriminate men than men do to women. – None – 2012-02-14T21:53:44.887

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No. Many of my male friends in Osaka/Kansai use キモい, especially the emphatic キモッ！.

2Good observation. In fact, using the root of an adjective is not peculiar to this particular word, but is peculiar to the Kansai dialects: 短か!, さむ!,　小さ!, くっさ!. In Kansai, きしょい may also be used. – None – 2012-02-14T21:46:55.427

@sawa san Exactly~ (笑) Ah and we also say きっしょ！and ちっさ！(Do you say さぶ！in Kanto too?) – None – 2012-02-15T00:06:54.217

@Chocolate: If you mean さぶ as in when someone tells a lame joke, then I hear it used in Tokyo. What is きっしょ, though? – Questioner – 2012-02-15T00:19:10.343

@DaveMG san, Yes but we also use さぶ just to mean 寒い. きっしょ is the same as キモッ, but I think we use きっしょ more often in Kansai. – None – 2012-02-15T00:40:47.797

@Chocolate I think さぶ (and even さむ) is Kansai dialect. さぶいぼ is even more obviously Kansai dialect (とりはだ in standard dialect). – None – 2012-02-15T01:20:40.803

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I have heard university age males in Hokkaido use きもい in a very emphatic way.