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hagga

\Hugg AH\
2 0
0

Definition

Shitty or horrible

Usage

SHAM: movie kaisa tha?
ram: ekdum hagga!
Added 2013-01-09 by paapipandit

Root

Hindi

Region

North India
3 0
0

Definition

Here.

Usage

He told me he would be hair twenty minutes back.
Added 2012-11-12 by priloza

Root

English

Region

North India

Related Terms

Beer

howle

\how-ley\
3 0
Noun.
0

Definition

fool,idiot,moron,dimwit,bird brain,nitwit,numskull and anything regarding his low i.q!!....mostly a decaani word used extensively all over andhra and karnataka.....howle refers to a person who uses his brain less and messes up things or says irrelevant things at serious talks....

Usage

(Needs translation to English).

1st boy:mai lorry ku ek haath se dhakla...
2nd boy:(irritated)...chup bait re,howle!!....kuch bhi bolta kya?
ist boy:(offended) kya ustaad,gussa karre?mai dhakla par gadi hili nai :-)

Added 2012-07-16 by dtool

Root

Urdu

Related Terms

bleddy idiot, Gubé

Terms referencing this

Howley Paasha
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hot

\haat\
3 0
Noun.
0

Definition

aka something savory, the opposite of a sweet (mithai, Gulab Jamun etc.)

Usage

Raja - Eyy, you're coming for the function no?
Malli - Don't know re, what food they're putting?
Raja - Same only man - coffee, colddrinks, 3 sweets and 2 hots.
Added 2012-05-10 by matterboy

Root

Telugu

Categories

Food and Drink

hello!

\hull-oh!\
4 1
Exclamation.
0

Definition

"Hello" is a versatile word in the Indian vocabulary. Besides being used as a greeting, it is also commonly used as an exclamation to express shock, surprise and even anger.

Usage

Karthik, walking down the road with his wife Kamala and friend Vignesh sees a pretty girl walking past them.
Karthik (to Vignesh): "Macha! Saw her aa?"
Kamala : "HELLO?! Shamelessly you're sighting?"
Vignesh : "haha, you're a gone case only!"


Bobby is backing up his Ford Escort at Spencers plaza, doesn't see the guy on the motorbike behind him.
Guy on Motorbike (falling off awkwardly) : "Hello! Hello! Hello! Mad or what?!"

Added 2012-03-22 by psykojello

Root

English

Region

All India

Habba

\hub-ah\
7 3
Exclamation.
0

Definition

An exclamation. Mostly denoting "Thank God its over" after a long and arduous task.

Usage

Jil Jil Ramamani: Finished! That's the last diagram da.
Appatakkar: Habba! My fingers are gone only.
Added 2012-02-05 by Bananarepublic

Root

Tamil

Region

South India

Related Terms

Yabba, Aiyyo Rama
6 3
Noun.
0

Definition

Housie is a gambling game that began in Italy in the 1500s and which was brought to India by the british. Players mark off numbers on a ticket as they are randomly called out, in order to achieve a winning combination. It is commonly played in clubs such as the Bangalore club and the game is usually attended by senior citizens who sometimes take it very seriously. When a player has a winning combination he shouts out the word "HOUSIE" and then walks to the person calling out the numbers who checks if his marking has been correct.

Usage

Delcy: HOUSIE!!!
75 year old Delcy then runs towards the mike.
Peron with only one number left: Dont trip on your tongue dear!
Added 2012-01-21 by porkipaya

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Sports & Games

Related Terms

Tambola, bingo, Snooker

Terms referencing this

chath, Bogey
18 3
Verb.
0

Definition

Hit. In past tense.

In India, the country in which live the second largest number of English speakers, and where cricket and politics get the status of staple food, local English speech constantly presents interesting lexicological opportunities to people at OED, Websters and whom you have. But, they don't seize it. They just ignore us, most often that is.

Incorrigibility is the mother of all norms. But sadly no one cares.
If Americans screw up anything including language, which they always do with an elan, it's a fashion statement. If us desis do, it's a misteek.

They have got it right. We have gotten it wrong. How and Why?

Usage

Cricket commentators, reporters, and women watching cricket without actually understanding any of it, have all hitted more boundaries, sixers and centuries than all the Test, ODI, tonty-tonty and galli cricketers put together.

Political rivals, critics and journos have hitted out against each other so much that you would assume all of them should have been extinct.

Added 2012-01-05 by I love Dtool

Hebbie

\Like Debbie, but not.\
25 2
Noun.
0

Definition

Short form of Hebbar Iyengar, that unique breed of human "driven out of Tamilnadu centuries ago because of Chola persecution" (whatevs, Tamilnadu rejects!) who have a peculiar affinity for the phenomenon that is Crazy Star Ravichandran and for the simultaneous butchering of the Kannada and Tamil languages.

Usage

LS (in a group of people, talking to her mother): Amma, market-ge pone, sanna putta saamaan togondbande

(Collective WTF moment of everyone present)

SS: Chill out, dude, it's only a Hebbie.

Added 2011-11-28 by gunfightkanchana

Root

Kannada

Region

South India

Categories

People

Had

\Had?\
3 1
Verb.
0

Definition

At functions hosts or their representatives ask this question to ensure that guests have eaten.

Usage

Seetha to Geetha, Meena and Sushma: Had?
Geetha to Seetha: I am having.
Meena to Geetha: I will be having
Sushma: I had
Added 2011-10-15 by Cyanide

Root

Multiple

Region

South India

Related Terms

Aacha, Aiytha, Having
7 1
Noun.
0

Definition

Hope.

Usage

"You want to patao her? High hopes!"

"I thought ke you'll be trying for someone like her. Where I had hopes? She proposed me only yaar straightly!"

Added 2011-10-13 by GoodCumbany

Root

English

Region

Mumbai
5 2
Verb.
0

Definition

To directly confront someone, to be the first one to say hello.

Usage in Kerala.

Usage

"I saw her no, at that Laxmi's wedding. I didnt feel like going and heading him. She'll come if she wants to."

"Morning-morning, I hope I don't have to head him. Bad luck all day after that!"

Added 2011-09-30 by GoodCumbany

Root

English

Region

Kerala

Related Terms

Greeting, namaskaram, show face

Terms referencing this

ennai thechu kolial
10 2
Noun.
0

Definition

Hair; in some regions, the idea of a collective noun breaks down in this instance.

Usage

“I was combing my hairs when the phone rang.”
Added 2011-09-24 by oldathai

Root

English

Region

North India

Terms referencing this

Metallica moochie
4 3
Adverb.
0

Definition

Anything that's really awesome...
Usage profoundly common at Ernakulam,Fort Kochi etc. of kerala state.

Usage

Heavy dialogue man..!!!
Added 2011-09-12 by SRM

Root

English

Region

Ernakulam

Terms referencing this

Freak

Haebby

\heb-bi\
4 1
Adjective.
0

Definition

The word is actually a manifestation of the English word "heavy" and is most popularly used by the Nepali-speaking people of the Sikkim/Darjeeling area in India. It is used to emphasize something awesome, something so cool that it is "haebby".

Usage

Boys at a pub: "Bottoms up!!!"

After putting down their glasses: "Haebby!!!"

Added 2011-09-09 by Samosebaaz
6 1
Noun.
0

Definition

Used to refer to wealthy, upper class people with a sense of loathing.

Usage

"Too much bhaav nowadays! Hanging around with all those hifi types from South Bombay."

"Porsche and all. Verrrry hifi!"

"Idhar sab hifi log hai, samjha? Dmk!" (There are hifi people here, understand? DMK)

Added 2011-09-02 by GoodCumbany
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Haath

\Haa-t-h\
7 2
Adjective.
0

Definition

a person who makes plans with a person/group but flops last minute. pulls a no-show or changes the plans entirely .

Usage

I swear dude he keeps on gives us Haath !!

Added 2011-08-29 by Sav

Root

Hindi

Region

Bombay

Related Terms

Ditchy, haath giver

Terms referencing this

loddey, ulte haath ka thappad
3 2
Adjective.
0

Definition

Short form of hallucination. When an experience or a person or a dress is good enough to induce hallucination on the beholder. :)

Usage

Boy 1: Have you checked out the juniors?
Boy 2: Sure I did. Did you check out that brown-eyed long haired chick?
Boy 1: Hallu man…she is simply hallu…she can give these Aishwariyas and Katrinas a run for their money any day.
Boy 2: Hope she is interested in making fraandships with us.
Added 2011-08-27 by Khiti-Mithi

Root

English

Region

Calcutta

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

Fraandship
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Having

\Heving, hawwing, heeeaaaving, etc\
9 1
Verb.
0

Definition

The present continuous form is mandatory use to indicate possession.

Usage

Ramu: I will drop you back after the fillum. I am having a bike.
Shamu: But you are having a girl-friend no? Then how you can able?
Ramu: O she is having her Scooty.


Added 2011-08-23 by Su Lee

Root

English

Region

All India

Terms referencing this

hauw, Had
3 1
Adjective.
0

Definition

Term given to certain food that many people in india believe cause "heat" in the body and "heat" related conditions like boils and rashes.

Usage

Don't take pigeon and mango also. They are both heaty foods and you will get boils.
Added 2011-08-21 by porkipaya

Root

English

Region

South India

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

tamatar, Tamasha, ABC

Hep

8 1
Adjective.
0

Definition

Too cool for school. Trendy.

Usage

He thinks he is all hep and all because he wears cooling glasses and hawaii shirts.
Added 2011-08-19 by Hep Family Friend

Root

Unknown

Region

All India
8 2
Abbreviation.
0

Definition

You are a Pig.
This is how it came about.
In Karnataka, SMSes reigned for some weeks when the swine fever was at its worst levels saying, in Kannada,
"Handi-nuu Ondey Neenuu Ondey" which means,
"A Pig is one that is no different from the one you are"
Handi=Pig, nuu= also, Ondey= one and the same, Neenuu= You too.

Usage

No use calling you that!
You will grunt at me!
Because H1N1
Added 2011-08-13 by I love Dtool

haavayuu

\(sing-song) haaaa-vuh-yuuuuu?\
14 1
Phrase.
0

Definition

A distortion of the greeting, "How are you?", smooshed together (but with the first and last syllables drawn out) in sing-song fashion by society ladies when they run into each other or talk on the phone. If spoken in person, usually accompanied by vapid cheek kisses.

Usage

(Tejal and Anjali run into each other at the club after a long time)
Tejal: Anjali! Haavayuu? So nice to run into you, darling! You've lost a lot of weight, yaar! You simply must give me the name of that hunky yoga teacher who comes home every morning!
Added 2011-08-13 by simbly

Root

English

Region

All India

Related Terms

Thatandoldonask, Whatya

hifi

\high fye\
10 1
Adjective.
0

Definition

Derived from 'high-fidelity', the word got lost over the generations to mean something exemplar, albeit in a sarcastic manner.

Usage

"She thinks she is something hi-fi in her turtle leather shoes."
Added 2011-08-11 by Kakoosnix

Root

English

Region

All India

Related Terms

Aicchhhhh, Bombaat
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Haan, yes

\haan-yes\
11 1
Phrase.
0

Definition

Essentially the same as haan or yes. Used for double emphasis. Most likely cause is linguistic confusion.

Usage

Parijat: Madhukar, will be finishing the mailing by Tuesday?
Madhukar: Haan, yes.
Added 2011-08-09 by pee_mmm

Root

English

Region

North India

Related Terms

Haanji, Wokay

howle

\hau-lay\
5 2
Noun.
0

Definition

Hyderabadi for idiot.

Usage

Howle saale come here!
What howlapanti is all this?
Added 2011-08-09 by Motorhead

Root

Hyderabadi

Related Terms

chichora

Terms referencing this

Howley Paasha
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8 2
Noun.
0

Definition

The platform/ chair/ seat/ covered seat carried by an elephant.

Usage

Akshay: During Dussehera an elephant carries the former Mysore maharaja in a gold howdah.
Rakshit: its amazing how the elephant carried the howdah and the maharaja, as he is quite large.
Added 2011-08-08 by porkipaya

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Categories

Transportation

Related Terms

maharaja

Definition

In India, "high" is used interchangeably with the word drunk. Someone who has put too much thanni is apparently high. Just like the word rubber and the phrase bum a fag, this word causes great confusion when abroad amongst unsuspecting goras who might be led to believe that desis are always stoned.

Usage

Gora: How was the birthday party?
Desi: It was amazing..great fun. Everyone got really high!
Gora: Really? Even your grandfather?
Desi: Yup. Thatha was high too!
Added 2011-07-24 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Terms referencing this

high brown, Halloo

hech

\h-ech\
39 1
0

Definition

the south indian way of pronouncing 'h'

Usage

Sri:awesommme movie on HechBO coming!
Added 2011-07-23 by avanka

Root

English

Region

South India

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

Zoober

Hoose

\Whos\
33 5
Verb. September 26, 2013, Word of the Day
0

Definition

- To Fart

Usage

(Family watchin TV)
Anna: Tuurrrrrrrrrrrrr Turrr
Mum: thuu.. .What is that smell yaa!! Ayioo Vanti
Sister: ha ah aha ah... anna left Hoose.. chee
Appa: eh.. thu.. Go to Kakoos daa Rascal No Manners only!
Added 2011-07-20 by Ro!

Root

Kannada

Region

Bangalore

Categories

WALTO, Very Bad Words

Terms referencing this

jungli, Fanny Anny Rossy Tresa
5 2
Noun.
0

Definition

Mad person

Usage

macha he's huchha kano...
Added 2011-07-19 by Rossi

Root

Kannada

Region

Karnataka

Categories

WALTO
10 1
Verb.
0

Definition

Used by older generation people to ask where a person is originally from. Which state, town, village?

Usage

Where are you hailing from ?
Added 2011-07-17 by Impolitika

Root

English

Region

AP

Categories

WALTO
12 1
Adjective.
0

Definition

Mad, stupid, someone who lets people take his case

Usage

Case 1:
Auto driver cuts across Hari's bike on a hyderbadi road.
Hari: "Abbe haule ... nai dikta re tereku maake laude?"
Case 2:
Guru: "What re hari, you got an 8% hike kathe na? party mama!"
Hari: "I look like a haula to you re? fucking inflation is over 10% re baap. You fricking give me party bai!"
Added 2011-07-08 by Kilokahn

Root

Hyderabadi

Related Terms

loos
30 2
Exclamation.
0

Definition

Peculiar and unusually loud greeting used by certain folks in the states of Southern India while using their phones/mobiles. Has it's roots in the simple word "Hello". Usually hollered rather than said by those who use it, for maximum impact and shock value. Also to inform monks in China that said person is on a call. Known to have tremendous range of travel, at times making the whole concept of a phone call completely redundant.

Warning : If you hear someone bellowing this word, chances are good that they'll continue to exercise their vocal chords at full volume. Get out of there fast if you value your ears. Seriously.

Usage

Devi (via long distance call from Gulbarga) : Amma? Amma?

Madhamma (Devi's Amma) :
HALLAAAAAAAAAAA??? HALLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
*stunned birds start falling out of trees*
DEVIIIIIIIIIII? HALLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAA? AYYOOOOO!!!
*all plant life within 1 km radius starts to shed it's leaves*
YENAAMMMAAAAAAAAAAAAA??? DEVIIII !!!!!!!!!!!!!
*dogs start to howl*
CHANAAG IDIYAAAAAAAAA????
*unfortunate onlookers get rushed to hospital for ear drum damage*

Added 2011-07-08 by Surdie Birdie

Root

English

Region

Karnataka
7 1
Adjective.
0

Definition

Halloo another word coming out of the book alley of Calcutta which actually is used as a short from of the word Hallucinate .

The term halloo is often used to described an individual state of hallucination or Ecstasy . It can also be used to describe an out of body expiration . It can also be used to
accentuate the trippiness of a commodity or a movie or an entity . As the urban legend goes the the communistbearded tea sipping quo vadis chappal and thik rimmed glasses wearing coffee drinking weed smoking intellectual community of calcutta first coined this term . Since the word has plenty of diverse uses .

Usage

Oreyy Pota That weed was seriously Halloo boss !

I am so halloo right now Topesh .

Fear and loathing arrrey that halloo movie with depp dada in it yes yes !!

That guy is seriously halloo boss !

So halloo so halloo i was you wont believe it !

Added 2011-07-08 by TheRedBantoo

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta

Related Terms

high, hallucinate
14 4
Adverb.
0

Definition

"zarrra hallu hallu chalo moray saajnaa...aaaa
hum bhee peechayeech hain tumhaaray" OP Nayyar Redux
Never was an adverb so sexy. S.L.O.W
Hoalay Hoalay becomes Hallu Hallu in Hyderabadese
It rhymes with Ghallu Ghallu,
- which is Telugu for Payal Ki Jhankaar

Usage

a beautiful Hyderabadi Begum coyly on her First Night
'zarra hallu karo na'
(do it slowly)
enti you ask? what? aBBaaaaaa! *beats head*

there are other a actions which done hallu will lead to a greater enjoyment of life, such as slow cooking, slow reading, slow dancing kaani none will give you as much maza

Added 2011-07-08 by korivikaram

Root

Hyderabadi

Region

Telangana

Related Terms

Maza, First Night
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6 1
Adjective.
0

Definition

In English, when the word 'homely' is used to describe a person it implies being unattractive or not particularly good-looking.
In India, it takes on a whole new meaning! It usually refers to a girl who is demure and maternal. It means that she puts tending to the needs of the home above all else. It is most often used when describing a prospective daughter-in-law while on bride-hunting expeditions.

Usage

2 mothers discussing a prospective wife for one of their sons:

Mother 1: So Ranjini, what did you think of Nalini?? Did Rohan like her?

Mother 2 (nodding vigorously): There is something very nice about her - very sweet, very homely.
(Taking a sip of her coffee)
It's better to have someone like that only, instead of a girl who wants to run off to work at 8 every morning, no??

Added 2011-07-08 by Shutup your mouth

Categories

WALTO
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H1B

10 3
Abbreviation. April 4, 2013, Word of the Day
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Definition

The US-based NRI version of FOB (Fresh Off the Boat), referring to the work visa that brings young software engineers in droves to the US.

Usage

"Ohhhhhhh, check out that Harley!"
"Don't be such an H1B, it's only a motorcycle."
Added 2011-07-07 by Minkey Chief

Root

English

Region

USA

Related Terms

ABCD, FOB

Terms referencing this

GC, Yew vas Yea, Well settled, Green card, FOB, softwares

Videos and Images

21 2
Adjective.
0

Definition

Often used in matrimonial ads to describe 'girl' who can cook, clean, and does not have any 'modern' ideas.

Usage

Wanted: Homely, convent-educated Brahmin girl for US-return, IT, Brahmin boy.
Added 2011-07-07 by itsacharade
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12 3
Verb. September 26, 2011, Word of the Day
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Definition

Bombay boy special that can mean many things- nagging, irritating or difficult. It can also be used in many forms- harrow as in "don't harrow me", a continuous verb "he was harrowing me" or in the past tense "he got damn harrowed, man".

Usage

BB1: That exam was harrowing man.
BB2: yeah man that chootia teacher just likes to harrow us man.
Teacher: yes boys?
BB3: ha ha, got jacked!
Added 2011-07-06 by Rowdy Rangamma

Root

English

Region

Bombay

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

full tension
5 2
Noun.
0

Definition

Remember the 'P' language in school. It's now time for the 'F' language. And NO Shahid Kapoor is not the inspiration. This was created way before the Kamineys could even think about making that movie!

An alternate and witty way of pronouncing the age old and not so common aspect of our lives - happiness.

Usage

Yay, I got my new iPhone!!! Haffiness!!! (While using, treat the word with extra smileys as it's beyond what just happiness stands for).
Added 2011-07-01 by Meanymeen

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

Happiness, P Language
19 1
Noun.
0

Definition

The word hero is used to mean a male protagonist in a story, especially a Bollywood movie. The protagonist need not have any specifically heroic characteristics.

In everyday parlance it is used to refer to anyone who is doing something out of the ordinary with a little bit of josh like cutting a traffic light in a yezdi.

Usage

Chirag: Aicchhhhh, hero!
Vikram: Shut up yaar, I failed SSLC today..more like a zero
Added 2011-06-23 by Dishoom Dishoom