Languages › Japanese Meaning of the Common Japanese Word "Yakamashii" Share Flipboard Email Print Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated February 25, 2019 The Japanese word yakamashii, pronounced "yah-kah-mah-shee", means "noisy" or "clamorous." Depending on the context, it may also mean "faultfinding" or "critical." This is a very complex word that has even a third set of meanings: "much-discussed" or "particular". Japanese Characters やかましい Example Mika wa tabemono ni totemo yakamashii.美香は食べ物にとてもやかましい。 Translation: Mika is very particular about food.