Yamete kudasai meaning, translation, examples and background – Japanoscope (2022)

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Table Of Contents


  • The linguistic meaning of “Yamete Kudasai”
    • What is the meaning of “Yamete Kudasai”?
    • Meanings of yameru やめる
      • Yameru (止める、已める、 廃める) meaning #1
      • Yameru (辞める、罷める、 退める)meaning #2
      • Yameru (病める、痛める)meaning #3
    • Kanji Chinese Characters used to write yameru
    • Yamete meaning
      • Do men say Yamete?
    • What does “yamete” mean when you put “Kudasai” on the end to make “Yamete Kudasai”?
    • Yamete vs. Yamero – What is the difference?
      • Example sentences using “Yamero”
      • Example sentences using “yamete”
    • Other Japanese phrases with similar meanings to “yamete kudasai”
      • やめてくれる?
      • やめてくれ
      • やめてちょうだい
      • やめてもらいたい
      • やめてもらえますか
      • やめてほしい
    • More polite ways to say “yamete”
      • おやめください
      • やめていただけませんか
      • おやめいただけませんか
      • ご遠慮ください
      • お控えください
    • The Cultural meaning of “Yamete Kudasai”
      • Yamete Kudasai meaning in a sexual context
    • Other negative words and phrases you hear
      • The history of “yamete”– style ambivalent language in sexual contexts in Japan
      • The “Yamete Kudasai, Mabushii Desu” Manga
    • Yamete Kudasai Sound
    • Yamero as a meme
    • In Conclusion

I’ll go into some of the cultural connotations and nuances of the meaning of “Yamete Kudasai below”. But, first things first, let’s cut to the chase:

What is the meaning of “Yamete Kudasai”?

Yamete kudasai means “please stop”:


Yamete kudasai

Please stop.

The phrase yamete kudasai is made of two words:







Meanings of yameru やめる

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The word yameru in Japanese has three main meanings.

If you look it up in a dictionary you get:

Yameru (止める、已める、 廃める) meaning #1

1 to stop (an activity); to cease; to discontinue; to end; to quit

2 to cancel; to abandon; to give up; to abolish; to abstain; to refrain

Yameru (辞める、罷める、 退める)meaning #2

In a related meaning yameru can also mean:

To resign; to retire; to quit; to leave (one’s job, etc.)

Yameru (病める、痛める)meaning #3

Yameru also has a totally different meaning unrelated to the first two:

sick; ill; ailing

Kanji Chinese Characters used to write yameru

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Yameru can be written with several different Kanji Chinese characters, to express the different meanings of the word:








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Perhaps because there are so many characters to choose from when writing yameru, it is very common for Japanese people to write the word in Hiragana as やめる.

Of the Kanji that are used, the first one 止める is the most common.

This is the same character that you see written on roads and road signs in Japan saying 止まれ tomare, meaning “Stop”.

Yamete meaning

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Yamete やめて is the imperative form of the verb yameru やめる, which means to stop doing something.

Examples of yameru やめる and やめて yamete:


Tabaco wo yameru no wa muzukashi

Stopping smoking is hard.


Tabako wo suu no wo yamete kudasai.

Please stop smoking.

Do men say Yamete?

Yes, men say “yamete”. In Japan, putting “te” on the end of other verbs, such as the verb “yameru” for stop, is a fundamental part of the language for all people regardless of gender.

It is true that the word “yamero” is more strongly associated with men than women, but this is really just because the word “yamero” is more “forceful” than “yamete” and being “forceful” is commonly associated with being “masculine”.

But, whether you are a male or a female, it is perfectly normal to use “yamete”.

What does “yamete” mean when you put “Kudasai” on the end to make “Yamete Kudasai”?

Kudasai is close to the English word “please”.

So putting “kudasai” on the end of “yamete” is more polite.

Depending on how the words are said, it can also sound “imploring” in the same way that “please” can in English, in the sense of “Stop, please!”

When said more forcefully, it can sound authoritative, or procedural. In this way, it can sometimes take on the sense of “please refrain” or “not allowed in English”.


rōka de no tachibanashi wa yamete kudasai.

Please refrain from standing around in the hallway talking.


koko de tabako o suu no wa yamete kudasai.

Please refrain from smoking in the area.


inshokubutsu no mochikomi wa yamete kudasai.

Food and drink from outside not allowed.

Yamete vs. Yamero – What is the difference?

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Yamete is a less forceful way of telling someone to stop something than Yamero. If you say yamero to someone you are giving them an order to stop.

Both of the words are still strong imperative words telling someone to stop doing something. But yamero suggests more authority, and the ability to enforce that authority.

Yamete, while still a strong imperative, is closer to “asking” someone to do something than yamero, which is closer to demanding.

I’ve written a detailed explanation of the meaning of yamero here.

Example sentences using “Yamero”


Hanashi wo yamero

Quit talking!

やめろ!, 黙れ!

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Yamero! Damare!

Shut your mouth!


Kidoru no wa yamero

Stop posing!


Mondai wo sakeru no wo yamero

Stop avoiding the problem


Kare e no hinan wo yamero

Get off his back!

Example sentences using “yamete


Onegai, yamete

Please, don’t!

ねえ, やめて!

Ne, yamete!

Hey, stop it!


Jyodan wa yamete

Don’t joke.


Donaru no wa yamete

Stop shouting!


Hinan suru no wa yamete

Don’t criticise

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Other Japanese phrases with similar meanings to “yamete kudasai

Yamete can also be put together with a bunch of different endings to achieve a similar effect to just yamete or yamete kudasai – and you hear pretty much all of them used in a range of contexts.

These words include:


Yamete kureru?

Could you just stop it?

This phrase is fairly neutral in tone. Well, as neutral as telling someone to “just stop something” can be really…

You can shorten the same phrase to change it from a questioning phrase to a more assertive one by saying:


Yamete kure.

Just stop it.

This has a somewhat “masculine” tone to it, and sounds quite aggressive if used in the right tone. It can also be used as a fairly standard “rough and tumble” sounding phrase, mostly between men.

To achieve a softer, almost cute tone you can go with:


Yamete chodai

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Give it a rest.

Putting chodai on the end of a phrase to mean “please give me” has a cute, almost child-like sound to it. Saying “stop it” this way definitely “softens the blow” somewhat.


Yamete moraitai

I would like you to stop that.


Yamete moraemasu ka

Could you stop that for me?


Yamete hoshii

I want you to stop that.

Japanese being a very polite people, and a very polite language, have the uncanny ability to express dissatisfaction with a person or situation while still showing respect.

More polite ways to say “yamete


oyame kudasai

Please don’t.

Putting the honorific “O” on the front of a word makes it much more polite.


Yamete itadakemasen ka

Would you mind stopping that?

“Itadaku” is a super polite verb form of the word “morau”, meaning to receive. So in a sense, in this phrase, it is like you are saying “May I receive the gift of you stopping what you are doing”.

Putting the “itadaku” into negative form as “itadakemasenka”, as in “won’t you?” gives the person you are speaking to an easy option of turning you down, and thus makes it a softer, more polite, way of telling someone to do something.


o yame itadakemasen ka

If you take the phrase above and put an “O” in front of it, it gets politer still!

Of course, however much you dress up “yamete” you are still, fundamentally telling someone to stop something.

To get around this, Japanese also has options of words that are less direct, such as:


go enryo kudasai

Please refrain from


o hikae kudasai

Please abstain from

From here, let’s go on to have a look at the cultural context of the phrase “yamete kudasai” and its use in popular culture.

The Cultural meaning of “Yamete Kudasai”

Yamete Kudasai meaning in a sexual context

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Outside of Japan the phrase “yamete kudasai” has become associated with it’s use in a sexual context.

In Japanese adult media from anime to live action videos, it is not uncommon to hear a women using the phrase yamete or yamete kudasai as they are being groped, undressed or otherwise the subjected to sexual advances.

The idea of someone saying “stop” in a sexual context while simultaneously seeming aroused is a common sexual festish, so it’s not surprising that this phrase comes out in a lot of adult content.

How this sits in the context of the “no means no” movement is an issue worthy of discussion.

The polite form of the phrase yamete kudasai, meaning “stop, please!” is perhaps the more fetishized of the two forms of the word.

The combination of “polite” with “imploring” is strongly associated with the fetishizing of high school, JK 女子高生 jyoshi kousei in Japan and around the world.

Most famously, the adult-anime (which is generally referred to by the Japanese word for “pervert” or “randy person”, hentai, outside of Japan) “Toriko no kusari” featured several scenes where young girls in compromising situations impeached their lovers to “yamete kudasai” – “please, stop”.

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These are not the only “please, stop” words you hear girls and women using in Japanese adult media.

Other negative words and phrases you hear



I don’t like it!




You mustn’t!

I’ve done a whole page describing in detail the meaning of dame in Japanese.

Or, in the Kansai Western part of Japan, you hear



It’s no good.

These words are sometimes used directed at their partner in the sense of “You can’t do that” or “stop it” or “that’s bad”.

But sometimes they are also used by people directed inwardly at themselves in the sense of “I can’t stand it” or “I can’t control myself” or “it’s too much”. Read more about dame in Japanese here.

The history of “yamete”– style ambivalent language in sexual contexts in Japan

This ambivalent language, and its use with school-age girls, traces back to around the mid-eighties. Around this time, the object of adult affection switched from Jyoshi Dai-Sei to Jyoshi Kou-sei, from University women to school girls.

This was at least symbolized, and at least partly created by, the television Yuyake Nyan Nyan. The show had a segment called アイドルを探せ (Idol Search!), where high school age girls could audition to become part of the in-house music group. The show was set up as an answer to the program All-Night Fuji, which had done a similar thing with University aged women.

The high-school girl group on Yuyake Nyan Nyan was christened Onyanko Club, and was masterminded by songwriter/producer Yasushi Akimoto, who would later go on to create the outrageously successful AK48 franchise of groups.

Onyanko Club’s biggest hit was all about a high school girl saying “no” while hinting that the answer was yes. I’ve done a complete translation of the song Sailor fuku wo nugasanaide, but to quote a section, the song featured the lines:


今はダメよ 我慢なさって


嫌よダメよ こんなところじゃ

Don’t take off my sailor-style school uniform

Not now! Please be patient

Don’t take off my sailor-style school uniform

I don’t want you to, no, not in a place like this

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The “Yamete Kudasai, Mabushii Desu” Manga

The phrase “Yamate Kudasai Mabushii Desu” was the name of a yaoi manga, meaning a comic with homosexual themes, from 2015. The name literally means, “Stop it, your light is shining too bright”. It is the story of Sasano developing a high school crush on Koga in a journey of self-discovery and sexual awakening.

Yamete Kudasai Sound

The audio of Yamete Kudasai sounds like this when pronounced in normal Japanese by a female voice:

And like this by a male voice:

The audio of the “yamete kudasai” from the anime Toriko no kusari is particularly searched for because of it’s overtly erotic sound:

This audio has been recreated by various other creators to the point where it has become something of a meme across the internet.

Yamero as a meme

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In addition to “yamete kudasai” the word “Yamero” itself became a huge meme on the internet after a picture of a dog being squirted with a hose followed by a close up panel of the dogs face with the word “Yamero” written next to it was posted to Tumbler in 2016. This led to people posting all kinds of animal pictures with the word “Yamero” next to them to all kinds of platforms across the net.

In Conclusion

Overall, in Japan “Yamete Kudasai” is actually a pretty everyday Japanese phrase that roughly translates to “Stop it.” It can be used as a parental imperative or as an implicit, barely suppressed desire.

Because of its confrontational nature, it tends to be right up there with other words like “shut up” in Japanese as words that people are intrigued by.

It is also sometimes translated as “Enough!” or “Don’t do that!” and is commonly used in situations where a person is doing something that is either not appropriate (e.g., saying something racist), dangerous (e.g., speeding), or simply not beneficial to them (e.g. staying out late without doing homework). The phrase can be used as a semi-polite request to someone, usually asking them to stop doing something and/or make a change. Or it can be used with a stern tone to be quite a reproach.

Go forth and use your newfound power for being able to tell people in Japanese to stop doing something. Just choose your battles here folks, and remember the old adage that “no means no”.

Find my guide on the meaning of yamero here.

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Yamete Kudasai (止めてください、やめてください) is an everyday Japanese phrase that means “please stop.”. The first part is Yamete (やめて), which means “stop.” It’s a derivative of the verb yameru.. The second half of the phrase is kudasai (ださい), which means “please” and adds politeness to the phrase.. The word Yamete (やめて) alone can mean “stop it,” which is a common phrase among friends and family.. The closest English word in meaning to Kudasai (ださい) is “please.” Therefore, it’s considered more polite to add “Kudasai” (ださい) to the phrase.. The meaning of the entire phrase Yamete Kudasai (やめて ださい) depends on how it’s said.. In some cases, the phrase Yamete Kudasai (やめて ださい) can mean something along the lines of “this isn’t allowed” or “refrain, please.”. You can read this as “Jyodan wa yamete,” which means something along the lines of “quit joking.”. In Japanese, it’s also common to add “yamete” to other words and get a meaning close to that of “yamete kudasai.”. The phrase “やめてくれる?”, read as “Yamete kureru?” means something close to “could you knock it off?” or “could you just quit it?”. Moreover, you can change the question form of the phrase into an assertion when you say “やめてくれ” or “Yamete kure,” which means “just quit” or “knock it off.”. Moreover, there are other ways to soften the tone of this phrase, such as using “やめてもらいたい,” read as “Yamete moraitai.” It means something like, “I would like you to stop this.”. Given the commanding tone in the phrase “yamete kudasai,” it would be awkward to use it in a situation where you ask a driver to stop and drop you off at a certain place.. Yamete kudasai is a polite yet authoritative way to command someone to stop doing something.

It is often used in the sense of telling someone to stop doing something, so perhaps “cut it out” or “quit it!” are better translations.. Both of the the words are based on the word verb yameru やめる which means to stop, or quit.. But where saying yamero is giving an order to stop, yamete can be interpreted as either telling or asking someone to stop.. Yamete suggests that you are telling them someone strongly to stop something, but may not have the means to force them.. yamero —!!

The most direct equivalent of the word “shut up” in Japanese is 黙れ damare.. anata ni wa kankei nai koto da!. 4 shut up, be quiet, shut it.. Damare is a more direct way of saying “shut up” than urusai .. The word shizuka in Japanese means quiet .. To make it easier to say, they have changed the word from something closer to how we pronounce “shut up” in English, to the word sharappu.

The word dame だめ、駄目 in Japanese can mean “stop it”, “that’s no good” or “it’s hopeless”.. Dame is one of those words that is extremely common in Japanese, and is used in a range of everyday situations but doesn’t have one direct translation in English.. This sense of the word dame is actually quite close to how the English word “No” is often used.. Putting dayo after the word dame is a casual way of exclaiming “you can’t do that”, “you shouldn’t do that” or “you are not allowed to do that”.. dame is often used repeated twice in a row as dame dame .. So if someone had just made a birthday cake and you made a gesture to preemptively cut yourself a piece, someone might, in Japanese say “dame, dame” where an English might say “no, no, no”.. Dame is a very direct word to negate something in Japanese.. In other contexts, the word dame is used without the mou part put in front of it, it is closer to saying “stop it!” in English.

Following this, “Kudasai” [ください] is used when you want to get something from the other speaker or party.. 20ページを見て ください 20pege wo mite- kudasai .. In those sentences you also read the phrase “sumimasen”, please go here to know about this phrase.. Both “Kudasai” [ください] and “Onegaishimasu”[おねがいします] are Japanese words used when requesting items.. We can also use “Onegaishimasu” in the same situation and it has the same meaning.. Therefore, Keigo (humble Japanese form used in business or work) is a big part of Japanese culture.. There are some situations when only “Onegaishimasu” is used.. When “Kudasai” is used as Verb, we can also “Onegaishimasu” at the same situation and meaning.. “Onegaishimasu” is used to make requests for someone higher than you or a stranger “Onegaishimasu” is used when asking someone for help to do something that you cannot do by yourself.

Below are example sentences for ways in which one can use all of the different forms of yamete, including yamete kudasai, yamete yo, yamete kure, and yamero.. Here, Nora uses the base form of the word yamete.. Thus, the “stop it” form of the word is appropriate.. Overall, yamete is a Japanese word that means stop.. It has many forms that change the intensity of politeness of the verb, including yamete yo, yamete kudasai, yamete kura, and yamero.


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