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I came across a couple definitions for boke (bokeh) that actually make sense.
6.12. What does boke mean?
The word "boke", pronounced "bok-ay", and usually written ぼけ or ボケ, has a number of different meanings. It can mean stupid, unaware, or clueless. (See 8.5. What are some Japanese insults and swear-words? for more.)
This word is also used in photography for "out of focus", and has come into English as "bokeh", with an additional "h" to show the pronunciation. (See 5.5. What English words come from Japanese? for more words which have come from Japanese to English.)
In double-act comedy, the "straight man" is called tsukkomi (ツッコミ ) and the "funny man" is called boke.
The Japanese also...Show more →
Other Japanese meanings of Anglicised spelling "boke": Boke or bokeh—blur in photography, and, Boke—flowering Japanese quince.
For non-Japanese "boke," see Boke.
ボケ (boke [boke]). From the verb bokeru 惚ける or 呆ける, which carries the meaning of "senility" or "air headed-ness," and is reflected in this performer's tendency for misinterpretation and forgetfulness. The boke is the "simple-minded" member of an owarai kombi ("tsukkomi and boke", or vice versa) that receives most of the verbal and physical abuse from the "smart" tsukkomi because of the boke's misunderstandings and slip-ups. The tsukkomi (突っ込み ) refers to the role the second comedian plays in "butting in" and correcting the...Show more →