Meaning of ぼっち (bocchi)
ぼっち (bocchi) is a Japanese slang word that means “be always all alone or isolated” (or such people). This word also describes the state of being alone, as in “パーティーでぼっちだった” meaning “I was all alone at the party”.
Meaning of クリぼっち (Kuri Bocchi)
クリぼっち (kuri bocchi) is another slang word that means “a person who spends Christmas Eve/Day without company”. It is an abbreviation of “クリスマスぼっち (Christmas bocchi)”, a bocchi on Christmas Day. Every year on Christmas Eve/Day, there are a great number of Japanese people on social media who call themselves “Kuri bocchi” and lament not having a girlfriend/boyfriend. (In Japan, young people usually spend Christmas Eve/Day with their partner rather than their family.)
People often describe themselves as bocchi (or kuri bocchi) to make fun of their pathetic situation by themselves. They also combine ぼっち with another word, as in “ぼっち飲み” (bocchi nomi) meaning “drinking alone“ and “ぼっちラーメン” (bocchi ramen) meaning “eating ramen alone”. In particular, “ぼっち飯” (bocchi meshi), where “飯” (meshi) means a meal or rice, is a general slang term that describes the act of eating alone.
ぼっち (bocchi) is an abbreviation of the word “一人ぼっち (hitori bocchi)”. Both “ぼっち” and “一人ぼっち” mean “loner”, but ぼっち sounds much more casual. The word “一人 (hitori)” means “one person” or “alone”, and “ぼっち” (bocchi) is said to originate from 法師 (houshi), meaning “a Buddhist priest”. (Originally, “一人ぼっち” used to indicate a Buddhist priest who does not belong to any branch of Buddhism, but the meaning has been completely lost.)
A: What are you gonna do at Christmas?
B: I have nothing to do because I’m a kuri bocchi (a loner on Christmas Day).
A: How was the party yesterday?
B: I was all alone.
I’m fully enjoying bocchi birthday party (lonely birthday party)
At university, I always do bocchi meshi (eating alone).
Synonyms: 一人ぼっち (hitori bocchi)
Synonyms in English: loner, isolated, all alone, Billy no mates
Related words and phrases: 一人 (one person)
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