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How would you define Sukebe? 2008/6/24 14:32
When I was in Japan I was talking to a guy and managed to get onto the topic of Japanese girls. I said that I think Japanese girls are extremely good looking and then he called me a sukebe. He said that the word meant playboy. Also when I arrived at my homestay's house, my friend was constantly texting so his father said something like "He's always talking to girls" Then I said Sukebe? and everyone burst out laughing.

My question is this. When I looked up Sukebe in a few dictionaries it comes out as dirty old man or similar which is slightly different from playboy. I know that there are a couple of fluent Japanese speakers here. How would you define Sukebe? Is it rude?
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lustful bum 2008/6/24 17:03
According to my Kenkyusha Shin Waei Chu Jiten, sukebe, or sukebee to be exact, means "lecher, lustful etc." and I agree. Sukebee means someone whose mind is sort of obsessed with sexual desire.

Playboys can also be obsessed with sexual desire, but it's not necessarily the same. According to my Oxford Dictionary it even says that it's a "rich man who spends his time enjoying himself" and mentioned nothing about liking women. Anyway, I think the word "playboy" gives you the impression of a dandy guy who knows how to escort ladies, except that he goes from one lady to another.

On the other hand, sukebee can be true to his one and only lady and yet he is thinking about sex all the time instead of trying to escort her or act elegantly. Sukebee has nothing to do with being handsome or stylish. Quite the contrary, in fact.

But after all, aren't we adults and adolescents all sukebee to a certain extent? So I would call it "teasing" rather than "insulting".

On a related note, most if not all Japanese people know the English word "playboy" but not many know words like "lech" or "lust" hence the explanation from your friend.
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don't worry! 2008/6/24 23:35
Hi! I’m native Japanese.
I don’t think “sukebe” means a man who has helpless lust for women. When we want say this, I will say “henshitsusya(変質者)”.(It’s very very strong word!)
The word “hentai” images me lovely, comical but vulgar person.
cf. a man who always touches women’s hip and be cried “go away”,,, or says always “kiss me baby”… But on the other side, he is chicken and never does too much.(sorry, it’s just an image ,magpie 1862)

magpie1862 says that Japanese called him “sukebe” with laughing. So, they thought that you’re the one who impossible to hate ”nikumenai hito(憎めない人)“.
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don't worry! 2008/6/25 11:33
I mistyped "sukebe"and "hentai"
and I worte abave is meaningless.
I'll colect it and update again.
sorry!!
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Hi! I’m native Japanese.
I don’t think “sukebe” means a man who has helpless lust for women. When we want say this, I will say “henshitsusya(変質者)”.(It’s very very strong word!)
The word “sukebe” images me lovely, comical but vulgar person.
cf. a man who always touches women’s hip and be cried “go away”,,, or says always “kiss me baby”… But on the other side, he is chicken and never does too much.(sorry, it’s just an image ,magpie 1862)

magpie1862 says that Japanese called him “sukebe” with laughing. So, they thought that you’re the one who impossible to hate ”nikumenai hito(憎めない人)“.

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