The expression やがる (
to have the courage to,
to have the nerve to.
やがる is added to the stem of a verb to indicate contempt, disdain, hatred towards the interlocutor in performing a certain action.
やがる is often used in manga and anime to show contempt and disdain between various characters, for example during a fight
In this post we learn more about the meaning of やがる, how it is formed, and when やがる is used through real example sentences.
How やがる is formed
やがる is added as a suffix to the stem of the verb, base B2, or base in "masu" of the verb to which it is applied:
Let's see some examples of conjugations for やがる:
How and when to use やがる
やがる is a slang (very colloquial) verbal suffix for showing contempt for another person's actions.
やがる is generally never used in everyday language in Japan. However, it is often found in TV series, manga, and anime
やがる is in fact a very rude and intimidating way to indicate defiance and contempt for someone else's actions. As such, やがる is almost never used in normal conversations.
やがる can be translated as
how dare. Let's see an example to understand the meaning:
That guy dared to hang up the phone in the middle of the call.
From the example we can understand how the use of やがる (やがった in the past tense) indicates that the action of hanging up the phone was rude and unexpected. For this reason, やがる indicates a sense of contempt and annoyance that our interlocutor dared to do such a thing.
やがる can be considered the opposite of くれる: while くれる indicates an action seen in a positive way, やがる instead indicates a negative action
Another way to say "how dare you" in Japanese is よくも. Also よくも can often be found in manga and anime
言いやがって: Don't try and tell me that!
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Examples of やがる
He also dared to completely destroy my castle.
You had the guts to lose to that guy.
Don't you dare come here again!
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