🌏 Region(s): Honshu (Standard), Kanto (Tokyo)
おれ・オレ【俺】 : ore | define meaning
(Informal) First-person pronoun: I, me, myself.
ore wa kanari tsuyoi
"I'm fairly strong"
ore wa kikemasen
"I can't hear (it)"
Cognate to Kagoshima おい【俺】 oi "I; me".
This pronoun is most typically used by men and, in Tokyo, is especially common among teenage boys. In terms of formality, おれ【俺】 ore can be used among close peers and friends to indicate a close relationship, though it can also emphasize one's status and create distance when used with people who are younger than oneself or of lower status. Used inappropriately (for example, with someone of higher status or unfamiliar to the speaker), this pronoun will come off as rude or ill-mannered.
In many regional dialects both west and east of Kanto, this pronoun may still be used by women and may be especially common among elderly people.