Meaning

Primary

Animal Cry

Alternatives

Animal Sound, Animal Noise, Chirp, Tweet, Roar, Bark, Meow

Word Type

noun

Explanation

The chirp voice is a sound an animal makes. Sure, it works for birds (which chirp), but it also works with most other animals as well. So, we call this an animal cry.

Reading

なきごえ
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The readings are those that you learned with the kanji. gets changed to ごえ, though, so take note of that in your head. Perhaps you can imagine an animal that does a "GOEEEEE" cry.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 鳴き声が〜
  • 〜の鳴き声

Common Word Combinations

  • 鳴き声がする
    to hear an animal cry
    鳴き声がひびく
    the animal cry echoes
    鳴き声が聞こえる
    to hear an animal cry
  • セミの鳴き声
    cicada's chirping
    犬の鳴き声
    dog's barking
    鳥の鳴き声
    birdsong

Context Sentences

きりんの鳴き声を聞いたことがありますか。

Have you ever heard what a giraffe sounds like?

外からコウイチの声が聞こえると思ったら、小鳥の鳴き声だった。

I thought I heard Koichi outside, but it was a little bird's chirps.

自動販売機の下から子犬の鳴き声が聞こえるんです。

I hear a puppy barking under the vending machine.

Kanji Composition