Meaning: Stop, Quit
Kanji: 止めて, 辞めて
What is Yamete?
It means stopping a state or action, is used like the English “stop,” and is a strong expression.
When friends make a joke about something that they don’t like, they use Yametekure, Yamensyai, or Yameteyoo, but when they don’t like it, they say Yamete.
For older people and public places, Yamete is too strong, so We use Yamete Kudasai.
Yamete is written in kanji as 止めて,辞めて, but it is used in Hiragana.
Can men say Yamete?
Men also use Yamete; we say Yamete even if the other person is a man or a woman. However, women use Yamete more often.
Yamete has some expressions with slightly different terms, so I will explain some of them.
Yametette is used to say “Yamete” once and not quit again. Some people won’t stop, even if you tell them to stop. When saying so, use Yametette, Yametetteba. So Yametette and Yametetteba mean the same thing.
Mou Yamete is also used similarly and is often heard when someone is punching someone.
Mou means not anymore.
Meaning: stop normally
As you can see, Yamete has a lot of different expressions. This variety is probably because Japanese people are not good at saying “no” clearly, so I think they add something to the end of the word to make it easier to say Yamete.