List: mahjong

Terms used in mahjong, a game for four players that was created in China.

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ちょんぼ   chonbo

  • mistake, blunder, bungle, goof
  • mistakenly announcing a win without having all the requisite tiles

一通  いっつう ittsuu


  • one copy (of a document), one letter
  • one-way traffic
  • pure straight, winning hand containing nine consecutive tiles of the same suit (i.e. 1-9)

一発  いっぱつ ippatsu


  • shot, charge, explosion
  • blow, punch
  • home run
  • try, attempt
  • win on the first go-around after calling riichi

三色  さんしょく sanshoku


  • three colours, three colors
  • triple run, winning hand containing the same chow in each of the three suits
  • triple pung, winning hand containing the same pung in each of the three suits

山  やま yama

Popular  JLPT-5 

  • mountain, hill
  • mine (e.g. coal mine)
  • heap, pile
  • crown (of a hat), thread (of a screw), tread (of a tire), protruding part of an object, high part
  • climax, peak, critical point
  • guess, speculation, gamble
  • criminal case, crime
  • mountain climbing, mountaineering
  • festival float (esp. one mounted with a decorative halberd)
  • deck (of playing cards on table, face down, from which cards are drawn), stack
  • wall, wall tile
  • temple, temple grounds
  • wild

仕掛ける  しかける shikakeru

Popular  JLPT-1 

  • to start, to begin, to commence
  • to challenge, to pick (a fight), to make (war), to draw (a reaction) from
  • to set (traps), to plant (explosives), to lay (mines)
  • to make a meld call

場  ば ba

Popular  JLPT-3 

  • place, spot, space
  • field, discipline, sphere, realm
  • occasion, situation
  • scene (of a play, movie, etc.)
  • session (of the stock market)
  • field, table, area in which cards are laid out (in a card game)
  • round (east, south, etc.)
  • field
  • field (gestalt psychology)

振り込む  ふりこむ furikomu


  • to make a payment via bank deposit transfer
  • to discard another player's winning tile

切る  きる kiru

Popular  JLPT-5 

  • to cut, to cut through, to perform (surgery)
  • to sever (connections, ties)
  • to turn off (e.g. the light)
  • to terminate (e.g. a conversation), to hang up (the phone), to disconnect
  • to punch (a ticket), to tear off (a stub)
  • to open (something sealed)
  • to start
  • to set (a limit), to do (something) in less or within a certain time, to issue (cheques, vouchers, etc.)
  • to reduce, to decrease, to discount
  • to shake off (water, etc.), to let drip-dry, to let drain
  • to cross, to traverse
  • to criticize sharply
  • to act decisively, to do (something noticeable), to go first, to make (certain facial expressions, in kabuki)
  • to turn (vehicle, steering wheel, etc.)
  • to curl (a ball), to bend, to cut
  • to shuffle (cards)
  • to discard a tile
  • to dismiss, to sack, to let go, to expulse, to excommunicate
  • to dig (a groove), to cut (a stencil, on a mimeograph)
  • to trump
  • to cut (the connection between two groups) (in go)
  • to start a fire (with wood-wood friction or by striking a metal against stone)
  • to draw (a shape) in the air (with a sword, etc.)
  • to finish, to complete

単騎  たんき tanki

  • single horseman
  • wait for one tile to finish one's pair and one's hand, wait for half of one's pair with four melds completed