Vocabulary Madras bashai combines words, suffixes and grammar rules of several languages to make new words. The most common sources are English, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Telugu, Hindi, and Kannada. When it comes to borrowing words from other languages 'Madrassukku nigar Madrasse' (No one can beat Madras in this). English words can be used in any context without feeling alien. 'wrongu,' 'rightu,' 'yechuse me,' 'adjist,' 'abase,' 'abscond,' 'beetiful,' 'super,' 'fruitu,' 'pilim,' 'figureu,' 'escaaape,' 'akkisdu'(accused) and so on. Hindi has its contributions like 'bejaar' (பஜார்), 'naastha' (ாஸ்தா), etc. Telugu: 'naina' (நா), 'baava' (ாயா), 'eppudu' (எப்புடு), 'cheppu', dabbu, duddu(Money) etc. Word/phrase Meaning in context Origin, usage Tamil aapu (ஆப்பு) is a thin triangular wedge (usually made of metal) used in carpentry to split wood Aapu adchichu (ஆப்பு or hold half-split To result in failure. அடிச்சு) wood. adchichu(அடிச்சு) means to hit. So this phrase literally means hit/split by a wedge implying a failure Tamil aarva kolaaru (ஆர்யக் AaaKoa (ஆக்ப ா) Over enthusiastic. ப ாாறு - over enthusiasm). Adan kokka makka (அடாங் க ாக் your sister's son or Tamil Ada un akka daughter. magan / magal நக் ா) Aaf-Paayil (ஆஃப் Half-boiled egg. English Half boiled ானில்) Vendhum vegathathu. Tamil Aazhaga Aleka (அக ா) Smoothly (அம ா) (beautifully) Jack of all arts. English All in all Aalinaal Alaguraaja (ஆின்ஆல் அமகுபாஜா) Tamil Aatha referring to mother;'di'is a suffix that is always added Aathaadi (ஆத்தாடி) Oh my Lady!!. when referring to female while 'da' is used for males. ...To steal. Usage Avan Aattaya potutan Aattaya poadrathu meaning He Stole. (ஆட்டன Madurai Tamil Similar to Abase Madurai local slang. பாடது) panradhu (அபஸ் ண்து) English abase and Tamil panradhu (to do). Also used as English loot and Tamil Abase panradhu To steal. udradhu (உட்து), sudradhu (சுடுது) and amukardhu (அமுக்குது). This was the method A very intelligent way adopted by the great Adho paaru kaaka to trick people and GB for getting paani make a fool of them. pooris. Older woman who is annty really hot. rogue, Accused, Akkisht (அக் ிஸ்ட்) English Accused criminal English A-Haa. (When one has just A-haan (ஆஹாங்) yes discovered or remembered something) Meaning a weaker person who lives in the shadow of a stronger person or one who has no got no guts to say wrong about a stronger one. Use Less Fellow Allakai' (அல்க்ந ) AlLakai actually Tamil valathu kai came from the word Alra kai meaning the person will even clean any shit of a stronger person. Typically meaning a weaselly acquaintance Allu illa' Shit Scared! No idea. Act of deceiving,chicanery English Leaving or cheating - done someone who believed Alva kudukradhu' very smartly.Dialogue in you helpless, in the made famous by hour of need. Tamil actor Sathyaraaj. English hello. Used to draw attention. Pure Allo (அபா) Hey, there... Tamil does not have the sound'Ha' Tamil Athan andai po. Annthanda po' Go There (go that (அதன் அண்நட (அந்தாண்ட பா) side) பா) Elder brother. Often referred to a respectable person. Annaathe Also used when one Tamil Annan wants to surrender (அண்ணாத்பத) (அண்ணன்) unconditionally. annathe utturu meaning, Oh Lord please give me life. To exit Language English Apeetu (அீடு) quickly/Vanish from [abate-die away], the spot. rhyme/antonym of repeatu, as in 'mudhala apeetu apparam repeatu'(First apeetu, then repeat) Aani Pudunga Vendaam- Do not try to play around. Tamil appuram Appalae' (அப்ாப) Afterwards, later (அப்பும்) Etymology not known for certain. Possibly To do something very Asalta (அசால்டா) from Hindi 'Aasaan' easily. easy or from English(assault). From Tamil 'Adi'. To hit someone, or to Example: Parsa Ashtan steal something, or ashatu ottan!, or as in consume something Sarakku ashtu parthunindhaba Synonym of Dochhu, As is Attu Figaru, Attu Attu Waste Padam Tamil asattai. From English 'Hey!, Saying So? in a as in Ayye, eppo Ayye derogatory way. innandre? Tamil Iyo, Iyako English Palm + Baamaayilu Palm oil. English oil. Often A servant who is used as holding the light An impotent ஒத் A person acting as a when the king and person who has Baadu pimp for his own தா queen indulge in erectile sister. intercourse. dysfunction. ாடு.. Derogatory. . Bondy Unrecoverable failure Etymology uncertain. refers to the female refers to the bucket who engages in used by vendors to sell Bucketu 'kadalai'(flirting/rando the ground nuts in m talk with opposite beaches to couples. sex) Hip and region Hindi bagal Bagilu around it. (underarm). A loud, unruly Bajaari woman, like a fish- Urdu bazaar (market). seller. Possibly from the style statements of James Bandha Stylish Bond. (Bond = Bandha) English From bottle. A reference to a woman's Derogatory term for a Batli hourglass shape. Used woman. as Batli maadiri oru figure English language Bejaar Nuisance or Boring From Badger (Often irrirated) English language Belaak Experience the akula From Bela Belaak (Often used as akula) English Language From Bugle - taken Bigilu Whistle. most probably from the music of the army. Baeku Imbecile. Urdu bevkoof (stupid). Baemani.(Beimaan in Urdu means a person Urdu bae + imani who has no ethics/ (without + shame). scruples/ integrity and Beimaani means the trait of dishonesty) Someone who wears Probably from the Westernized clothes Hollywood western Bigjang and/or accessories, Django popular in the even sunglasses. 1970s in Madras. Derogatory. From Britannia Milk Illustrates the Bikis biscuit (hand the whimsical way girls Bikki (ிக் ி) guy a Milk Bikis that dump Chennai guys. you'd normally give a Guys never do that! kid) as in 'mama biscothu'(Tamil movie : Oora bigwig, usually Therinjukitten Biscothu sarcastically meant. (1998))! Just as they say biskut for biscuit in Hindi. See also: paruppu A small strip of pornographic/sexually suggestive scene that is run during the screening of a 'Bittu English bit legitimate movie. Also refers to a strip of paper especially used for copying in exams. Bhel, Piila Telling Lies. Unknown English blade.Example usage: Boring, worthless or Dey, blaydu padam da Blaydu useless meaning The film was a drag or A boring film From soda buddi (soft Someone who wears drink bottle). Buddi thick glasses. Analogous to Coke Derogatory. bottom glasses. English Bulb. Example usage: Balubu Balubu Jovial insult. vangniya meaning Got an insult? Tamil for small house. Usually the --- concubines/prostitutes used to stay in a small Chanse Chinna Veedu Brothel house which would illai. have just enough room Nothing for their business exsites more activities. than this. Derived from the Certigaatu Refers to certificate English word certificate. Derived from the Tamil for trying to get Cycle Gapla English word Cycle things done without and Gap anyone noticing it English 'Tear'. Daar Torn Example usage: Mavane, Daaraiyiduve English 'Dacoit' (which is itself derived from the Hindi dakaiti). Example Dakaalte also usage: Intha dakaalte pronounced as Takaalti To cheat velai yellam or Avan or Dakaitee oru bayangaram-aana dakaitee party Made popular by Tamil comedian, Goundamani. Hindi 'Fear'. Example Darr Afraid, tensed usage: Darr aayittan Hindi dabba (box). Used in colloquial Dabba Junk. speech such as Dabba padam (junk movie). Telugu dabbu Dabbu Money. (money). See Also: Dabbu Hindi dada (literally paternal grandfather, used as a term of respect among Kingpin, ganglord, underworld crime Dada don. families). **More apt would be Bengali dada (meaning big brother who lays the rules or dictates terms. Dhanks Refers to Thanks. Romba Dhanks Ba similar to ravunudu and Damathoondu. Popularized by Rajni Kanth in the movie Annamalai, when he sees Kushbhu naked in Dhavlundu Refers to less. the washroom. Dhamathoondu thuni kooda illa baa meaning Not even a small bit of cloth in her body. Used with prefix Word of insult, usually Domaru 'Poda' to say Poda said in a humorous Domar. way. Urdu dum breath. Also Dum Stamina, strength, used for referring to smoking. Unknown. Could refer to the sound made by an explosion that Dumeel Untrue, false. leaves nothing behind, as does a false statement. See also: Reel Dhanda Soru Similar to Allakai useless Fellow Tamil dharma adi meaning just (as in justice) or destined Merciless beating, Dharma adi beating. dharmam = usually by a group. charity/to donate. Dharma adi means free beating. Likely from Tamil idho da (here da), could be used effectively in Synonym of humiliating manner in Dhoda 'Ayye',saying 'So?' in the midst of a a belittling manner conversation to ascertain authority over the counterpart in debate/conversation. Likely from Hindi dhool (dust), referring to the dust cloud after A superlative, as in a good ass-kicking. Dhool well done! or kick 'Dhool' is also used as ass!. 'Dhool kalappitai' where kalappitai refers to the action of starting or kicking up (dust). Chutzpah, guts, as in Urdu dil (heart), Dil Do you have the guts metaphorically to step outside and indicates courage. fight like a man?!. Drainage derived Ditchu from English Ditch and spoken as Kawa as in Dokku Figaru. Dokku Unattractive Woman Antonym of Figaru (Popularized by comedians Chinni Dubaakour Consummate liar Jayanth and Veeniraadai Moorthy) Dumil udradhu Acting Too Smart Kannada duddu Dhuddu Money. (money). Famous and delicious food item name in Egg mixed with DingDong Triplicane. Sourced gravy. from South part of Tamil Nadu. Origin uncertain (Gourmet?). Used Dommai Glutton. Carefree. mostly by college students. Origin some BPO guy, Used to refer to the who misspelled the Doen word DOWN. Eg. word. Used mostly by DSN Doen tech support. Telugu Eguru, as in Macha, mama varaan, eguru or Sarkkadichi Run fast, Run away, voottukku pona, Scold, Jump engappa emmele Eguru (Depends on the egiritaruda or Egiri context) bus-le erittanda aven. egiRuthal in normal Tamil means to jump, bounce. English From first Es agurudhu To escape syllable of the English word 'escape' sadness. Also means Feelingu/Pheeling/Feelin English Feelings, as in love (usually used in a gs Emotions. 'mushy-mushy' sense) English figure, as in Oru semma figaru varathu meaning An Figaru Attractive woman. attractive woman is approaching. Note: Used in neuter gender. Literally let it free. Figuratively, let Free-a-Vidu bygones be bygones. English free. Pronounced as Pree-a- vudu. Fublic Public! Famous in English Public. puthupettai and the surroundings English Fucker. Derivative of the F- Origin: Some person Word. Becoming very in Team Inferno from popular among BPO an anonymous BPO. Fukaard guys. Refers to Also spelt as Fukaad, someone who does all Fukard, Fukad, Goodhal's & Fuckard, Fuckaard, Ulkutthu. Fuckhard. Moto: Live Free or Fuckaad! Stink, foul odour. Often used Telugu gabbu (stink, Gabbu figuratively to foul odor). describe situations, personalities etc. For example a Gaajju Gaajju Sleazy, dirty. joke. Urdu khali meaning Finished, as in He's empty or finished. Gaali finished!. Originally from Arabic. Hindi gaana (song) + A subgenre of Tamil Tamil paattu (song). Gaana paattu film music. Used for songs with fast rhythmic beats. Usage gaanda kelappathe. Gaand Gaandu to irritate a person refers to butttocks in Hindi. See Also: Kaduppu Etymology not known for certain. Possibly from Turkey (Galata 1. Fracas, brouhaha 2. Galatta was a suburb of Chaos 3. Celebration. Istanbul known for its nightlife) or from English gala. Dirty, Can be used in any context. Widely Kannada, meaning Galiju used to refer to dirty. bit(matter) Before 1947, when India was fighting against British occupation, companies and individuals often included Contribution Fraudulent to Freedom movement Gandhi kannakku accounting. as an item in accounting statements. Most often accounting statements would not tally because management funneled money out. Contribution to Gandhi's freedom movement provided an excellent means to account for the missing money. Hence the term Gandhi Kanakku. One should apologise to Mahatma Gandhi as this term brings a small amount of disrepute to him, for no fault of his!!! Connotes deliberate disinformation, as opposed to genuine misinformation. Usually refers to fundamental Gapsaa Disinformation, lies. falsehoods, as opposed to lame excuses. Compare reel, peela. Most probably related to gabbu (stink), somparable to stinking lies. Telugu gelupu Gelichan He won. (victory). Super, Better than Gethu Origin unknown normal. (Figuratively eq of) Tamil Unga akka Gokka-Makka My goodness!, Holy (your sister's) + makka cow!, etc (magan - son) (This word is of recent origin) Gilfans, Silfans etc have their A person with a shady Gilfans etymological roots in background comedian Chinni Jayanth's repository of words. Ore gujala irundichi Gujal Fun machi One more from Chinni Gilma Strange stuff Jayanth Also called Ghilli, from a street game played with wooden Gilli Talented Person. sticks. Highly became famous after Vijay's blockbuster movie Ghilli Root - Goda from the Hindi word for a Godavula Gudhi Jump into the fray wrestling pit, Gudhi from Tamil meaning Jump A form of address similar to Machi. But Possibly from Tamil Goiya,Goyyala it can be interpreted for 'guava'. as dumb or useless person also. By reversing the Telugu speaker. Can Golti consonants in te-lu-gu be derogatory. to give gulti or golti Tamil goodhal (error, mistake). Usually Goodhal Trickery, fraud derogatory, as in He resorted to trickery to win that business deal. Used in the context of Gumbal Crowd 'Gumbaloda Govinda' 'Gumbala porom' Usually refers to situations like peer- pressure, or societal Tamil gumbal norms, where (crowd), Sanskrit individual gOvinda (name of beliefs/actions are Vishnu). Derived from GumbalOda gOvinda overridden by mass the large crowds of reaction. Also refers pilgrims at Tirupati. to insignificant Play on words individual gOvinda and the contributions English go or gone. overlooked in a group. Someone born to a Gumbalukku crowd. Probably to a Porandavane victim of gang rape. Tamil konjal (petting, excess affection) .This behavior is often Gujjaals Petting, making out. shown by Srihari Shankar and Varun Vaitheeswaran invented when there Young girl, usually was a heavy influx of Gujili attractive and easily Gujaratis into Madras: available Gujju + Kili = Gujili invented when Indians went to the west and Young girl, usually saw large breasted attractive (large Gum Paapa white skin females: breasted) and easily Gum + Paapa = Gum available Paapa also referred to as Gumthaax Goinda Unexpected failure. The language Also called Ingleesu or Inglipeesu 'English', usually in Engleesu. ridicule. Origin Tamil from the Ippidikaa This way. word Ippadi Probably in use due to ease for typical Tamil tongue to pronounce literal meaning of iskool. Similar words Iskool School are Institute is pronounced as instoot, Excuse is pronounced as esoos or echoos Telling someone to literal meaning taking take it away or Isthukunu po away carrying it away (See also 'Vali') Tamil izhuthu-kondu- vaa (Pull him over Itta/Ittinnuva/Isthunuva Fetch (someone) here). Also pronounced as Ista Something similar to bandha - show off , from zabardast - Urdu Jaburu or Jabaradastu acting pricey, like in meaning grand, extra innaadaa jabardastu ordinary, forceful paNRE? Hindi jagah (space, room) and Tamil To escape from the vaangaradhu (to buy, Jagaa vaangaradhu scene. to get). Literally means to get room [to escape]. Hindi Widely believed that a Hindi ignorant Tamil guy read the word written in Hindi, near the compartment toilet and To have a bowel misunderstood that Jalaai movement Jalaai in Hindi meant to shit. Apparently, the person had read Inflammable objects not allowed written as Jalaaishi padaarth mana hai Tamil jaladosham' Jalpu To catch cold. saLippu (N, common cold) probably from Salsa, with its suggestive fast moves and close Jalsa Enjoy contact in life. Or from Urdu Jalsa which means something like a carnival. Hindi jhatkaa (cart, Hindi-speaker, North also sudden shock). Jatkaa Indian person. Play of words Jat and Derogatory. Jhatkaa. Joadreppai Cobbler. Possibly from Hindi joota (shoe) and English repair or from Tamil jodi (pair[of slippers]) and English repair. Literally means to drool. To look at a girl Jollu Vidurathu To ogle at a girl. with open mouth that one does not realise the saliva dripping. Abbreviation of Just out of time; often used To in kid's games of Joot escape/hide/run/give Catch, or Hide and the slip. Seek - Waitees for pause, and Jooties for resume. Examples:1)Ithu ellam jujupee velai=This is such an easy (or unimportant) job. 2)Ivan oru jujubee da=He's just small fry (he can't do anything) Small, unimportant, Jujube/jujupee easy or minuscule. Origin possible from a type of candy that could have been available during the British era. Jujube now freely available in many countries for very small change. Misfielding an easy Kaava Vidradhu chance in cricket Blind. used in a Kabodhi derogative sense Anyone of north Derived from Kapoor, Indian origin, whose Kaboor a common north native language is Indian surname. Hindi. Example : Don't Refers to the English Kanpiece me.., Machi Kanpiece word confuse. romba kanpiece panadha da.. English. Old Chennai police abbreviation for 1. Petty crook. 2. An either known unusually intelligent KD delinquent, known criminal.3;Cunning depredator or known person defaulter or Known Denotified person. Tamil kutcheri which is a traditional Tamil Kacheri Drinking party. music concert. Derived as the party 'play' the mouth of the bottles with both hands like a naadaswaram (South Indian instrument like a saxophone) Tamil kadalai, verkadalai (nut, groundnut). Possibly from groundnut vendors who provided Kadalai Verbal flirting. snack food to couples on the beach, or in trains. Connotes flirting without serious intentions. See Also: Batting To impress with one's Kalakaradhu Tamil, (to mix, to stir). performance. Also used as 'Kalasi', To make fun of Example: College Kalaaikkaradhu someone, or to belittle pasanga someone kalaisiduvanunge! An interesting off- shoot of classical Tamil, kamnatti derives from KaimpeNdaati paiyan which stands for a young widow's son, who is expected to Kamnatti A clown or a jerk. grow up without parental guidance and hence a kamnatti. Some say, it originated from English sahibs in TN addressing their kids as Come, naughty boy!! origin from the Dutch Kakkoos Lavatory. kakhuis (shit house) Possibly from Sanskrit kash malam (black hair) or kash mailam (black dirt). Comparing someone Synonymous with with hair is considered Kasmaalam idiot(the idiot being a rude in Tamil culture. litote). Maalam is also a slang word for shit. Some say ' kasmalam' (one word) in Sanskrit means a dirty thing worthy of discarding. Tamil,Kattai (literally Referring to a hot Kattai log of wood) - the female. sturdier higher quality wood can easily be distinguished by their distinctive curvy grain pattern. Tamil,Kattai refers to Referring to some one wood. Comparable to Kattai who does not respond. sleeping/lying like a Inert. log. Derogatory word and derived from Kaidhe Donkey. Kazhudai(donkey) in chaste Tamil I Will Meet Him And Tamil Avarai Kandukunu Varen Come. sandhikiren Malayalam kenai Kenai Fool. (mad). Refers to an old woman. Derived from Keivi An old Woman. Kizhavi in chaste Tamil. Mostly used in a derogatory sense. In British times people were given different Invariably goes with coloured caps based 'moLLa maaRi' and ' on their status in work. mudichchavikki' (this Kepmaari The guy who changes term literally means the cap (mathurdu in one who unties Tamil) is a traitor/thief knots!!!) hence the word kepmaari (cap-maari). Tamil kozha adi sandai (water pump fight). Connotes Kozha adi sandai Major catfight. fighting over who gets how much water and in what order. Is it there? used for objects, things etc eg: dabbu kiithaa? - is Kiithaa there any money?- irukkiRathaa? in chaste Tamil Is he/she there? used for people. eg: kabali Kiiraana/Kiiraala kiiraana? - is kabali there? irukkiRanaa ? in chaste Tamil (or) 'Krishayil' a colloquial probably due to saying Kishnayil Kerosene oil. KeRoSeNe oil quickly.due to its blue colour..krishna oil,lord krishna's blue colour.. Kondhivudu To mix up the things Common usage in in improper fashion or games like carroms, to not aligned. spread the coins, use coinsa kondhivudu Unnecessarily showing off by using Koral kudukaradhu loud voice(koral). kudukaradhu literally means to give Tamil kotta To To eat shamelessly, pour/dump. Literally Kottikaradhu especially if the food means to dump for is free (OC food). oneself. The reuse of an ancient Tamil word. In contemporary formal Tamil, utkaaral. Kundhu Sit down! Related to Kannada kuLithukoLLi (please sit down), ,Telugu koochandi Tamil kuthu paattu (literally a song with Kuthu RevelryTamil punch!), as in dappaankuthu. Possibly from Synonymous with Kutti Malayalam kutti figaru. (young girl). Synonymous with Kotikiniye Kotikiniye (had food). thunutiye. A person who thinks very highly of himself Laard Labakdass (without any solid English lord basis for that assumption). Person who is Hindi Male genitial Lavad-e-ke-baal extremely annoying. hair From English leave, as in leave of absence. Also used in formal Leevu Holiday. business English as 'leave' (shortened form of leave of absence) Tamil for the sound made by a dog Lollu Bantering. Fussing. (analogous to bow wow in English). English look and Tamil vudaradhu (to let off, to flash). To check someone Implies a much shorter Lookku vudaradhu out, especially if it's duration and less an attractive person. intensity than jollu vittufication or sight adichification. Loosu Crazy. English loose as in screw-loose or nut-job. Also see arai-loosu. English lose as in Lose Loosule Vudu Let it go. it or leave it be/ignore it. English pronounced like love but with a w replacing the v. It plays on the accent used in Tamil movies where a protagonist expresses their affection for someone, Lowe Puppy Love. usually in a Romeo and Juliet-style situation. It is used to show contempt for someone who has superficial romantic feelings for another but over-dramatises it. English Lump sum. Popularized by Lumpaa Lump sum. comedians Goundamani and Senthil. Any kind of commission paid to middle men, also used to mean bribes/money. Maal / Maalu Usually followed vettu (maalu vettu - give commission/bribe). Urdu maal- saamaan- material. Bribe paid to police (Urdu-Hindi)Maamool Maamool man = money. Tamil machinan, colloquial machan Synonymous with (wife's brother). Machi dude, used in a Implies familiarity, positive sense. cannot be used with strangers. See also maams. (Hindi-Urdu) Mazaa = Majaa Fun 'fun'. refers to either a Tamil mama = uncle. policeman or pimp Mama or Mamey Not to be confused depending on the with maams. context. Tamil for uncle's house. Usually the Mama Veedu Brothel, bar uncle's house was the main centre for a group of people to have a good time. refers to either a brahmin girl/woman, or a middle-aged Mami Tamil for aunt. woman in general, depending on the context. Tamil maamiyaar = refers to jail, police Mamiyaar veedu mother-in-law; veedu lock-up = house;. refers to a 3-card game played on street by con-men to lure a passer-by to steal Refers to the Queen of their money. Related spades. (literal Tamil Mangaattha phrases are 'Ulle- origin Mangal + Aatha Veliye' (In-Out) refers = dark complexioned to the sleight of hand woman) that the card dealer uses to move the cards around refers to an additive added to make the kites string (also called Noolu) stronger, the additive The glass powdered is apparently a based chemical used in concotion of tar, glass kite strings used in Maanja pieces, dogs shit and deal fights in kite battery covers. This flying usage mamey additive when applied deala innika banava on the string makes ashcitunga. the string strong for kite (called Banas) fights commonly referred to as Deal. refers to a bravery of Men. Related phrases are 'Nenjula Manjaa soru irukaaa maaamu?? meaning i will beat the crap out Manjaa Soru of you so that i will bring your bile out of you. (which is yellow in colour hence Manja Soru - meaning Yellow rice - Bile) Tamil origin Maram + Maramandai Wooden head. Mandai = Tree head. To become flat due to Example: paiyan over excessive intake of Mattai a sarakku adichitu alcoholic tuff. Also mattai aayitanba!!. used for Cricket bat. Matteru Refers to an important English Matter, as in happening/incident, Enna matteru? eulogically referring (What's the matter?), to sex or Matter film or Enna machi, or Blue Film. mattera? Refers to a sooper figure whose body Massa massa mass index is a little English Full of mass high and moves lazily. Mayir - Ancient Tamil Literally refers to for 'hair', Poda Mayiru hair, but used to abuse or Poda Mayiraandi Mayiru / Mayiraandi a person 'as worthless (Poda-Off you go, as a hair-strand'. Mayir-hair, Aandi- loser) Bribe (used as a Meteru question Tamil -- mostly/surprise) Really? (used as an Meyaaluma exclamation of Tamil Mey = Truth. disbelief/surprise) This is a derivative of the word Superlative usage of Mokkaiyappar who Mokkai group blaydu was a king, famous for his blaydu jokes. (Poor Jokes - PJ) Sometimes MUCHA is referred as UCCHA Mucha Referring to urine Probably from CHITTOOR SLANG. Refers to a woman belonging to the Antonym of Mary. lower economic strata Possibly Munimmaa - usually a slum (Sanskrit)Muni + dweller in urban Amma = ascetic lady. Chennai. Literally means a For meaning refer to Mudchavikee person who unties molla maari knots. The armed forces are Restaurant that serves thought to have fewer Military hotel non-vegetarian food. vegetarians than the general population. Telugu nana (father). Some Tamilians with A secondary version Telegu ancestry use Naina of dude, used to imply this term in their criticism. homes to address the father. Urdu nashta (light snacks). Also referred Nashta Breakfast. as 'Tiffin'. However tiffin could also mean evening snacks or any light meal. From the Tamil word Neettum meaning long. Probably Straight. As in because of the Neataa 'Appadiya neeataa association of length weld pannu.' with straigthness especially in machine shops. Useless fellow. Probably invented and popularised by Ngoiyaaley' Comedy Hero Vadivelu (Viagai Puyal) Knickers or shorts. As From the English word Nijaar in 'Nijaar kaituradhu.' Knickers. meaning 'fucked' OB is pronounced as the individual letters O and B. Etymology not known for certain. Possibly from Off Beat, old British OB adikaradhu To waste time. military term meaning off duty. Also possibly from Out of Business or from O'l Bhajanai (local slang for doing nothing). From OCS, Indian Railways abbreviation Free, at no cost. meaning On Company (Could also mean Old Service. Parcels OC Cask Rum at wine marked OCS travel shops) free.Some say this is an abbreviation for Others' Cost!! the art of manasakshiye illaama lying.Making your lie ole udaraan da OLE an obvious one so that meaning he's lying others can figure it ruthlessly out very easily. One who cant stop OLEMARI telling lies. "Otha Ungommala" is used infamously by all Literally means fuck. middle, upper middle, Known in Singara Otha lower middle, low Engilibees Chennai (Madras) as class. High class initial. kamminaatis say "Fuck" in Referring to a person from rural regions Oor Nattan. Ooru or Oor refers to villages and Nattan being any person. Derived from the Tamil word 'Utkarunga'. Rule of madras bashai is that Okkanchikka To sit you should not give respect. Example, dei ramesu, appdiye okkachikkada, intha vantten!! Person who has Example:'oor otha Oor Othavane fooled large number naye' of people Kalaiee (the one being made fun of): yen machi ippadi Making fun of kalai'kire? someone/thing Oru Flow thaan without missing a beat. Kalaier (the one making fun of the kalaiee): Seri vidu, ellam oru flow thaan. English out, used in Outte Same as Gaali. the context of cricket or other sports. Tamil, paal (milk) and mararadhu (to change). Implies a cow To switch camps, to unexpectedly changing Paal mararadhu betray a confidence. to a bull as one is milking it, with unwanted consequences. Vulgar term for Root Word: person who is born by Gumbal...Example:'Po Panni Gumbal intercourse with da #REDIRECT Panni animals. Gumbal'. Refers to stunt wired moves made by heroes in local movies in street-fight scenes which feature impossible kicks and Parandhu parandhu To fight by jumping moves defying adikkaradhu and flying in the air physics. (Lately the term 'Matrix stunt kudukkardhu' (offer Matrix-style stunts) has come to mean something similar) Often used in an informal context. Root The G-spot in a (Periya paruppu Parsht firs First - Paruppu The testicles of a male. female. ivan?) Also known u t Englis in Chintadripet as h "Paavadai Paruppu". Source of Information "Chintadripet " Lingeswaran Mathivanan. Example: Enna peela Peela Petty lie/ boast. vudre? Example: Pee porikki means shit gatherer, Pee Aai/ Shit. Pee Thinnu means eat shit. Example: Pikkaali Completely dumb / Payale means a dumb Pikkaali Idiotic person or someone completely useless. Persons of Tamil Also Peter party. Also origin who speak used to label those English in preference who consider Tamil Peter, Mary to the Tamil language, infra dig, or those who especially if his speak it with a fake intention is to impress Western accent. others. From English Film. Philim Show off Similar to Hindi Phillum!! Motivational word Tamil Pirikkardhu. To that helps people gain open something. Also confidence over can be used as Pirikrom whatever they are Pirikkanum, meaning doing. Similar to we have to come out kalaka porom with flying colors. Unoccupied, usually Mispronunciation of unusable or fallow 'Pembroke', as in Lord land. Derogatively Pembroke, who stated Porambokku and dismissively, a that land belonging to person without no one would belong identity, a nobody. to the government. Origin: Tamil. Porul, Thing of importance. which in a pure sense, Sometimes alluded to Porul refers to the content or a minor weapon inner meaning of a (eg:pen knife) phrase or word. Origin: Tamil. A 'packet' made using, usually, news paper. Cheap Marijuana is usually sold in a news paper wrapped packet Pottalam Ganja and is called 'pottalam' or 'potlam' ('potlam' is more of a Peter language). Hindi pOtli is equivalent of Tamil pottalam. Pista Local tycoon. Synonymous to Minor/Zamin(Zaminda r) and Durai(White- man) Puttukinaan He died. Raseedhu Receipt of sale English Receipt From Ravai - Ground Semolina (Suji in Ravondu in small quantity Hindi)which is small in size. English reel of film from the era of 16 mm projectors. Sometimes an improperly mounted film reel would fall off the projector and run away, causing a garbled or distorted Pitifully lame Reel picture to be projected excuses. on screen while the operator chased the reel across the room and mounted it back. Reel therefore refers to an obviously implausible story. See also: gapsaa, peela, philim Showing off, probably including Rousu udardhu English to rouse. challenging others. To arouse attention. Indian term Rowdy Ruffian. transliterated to English. The rap sheet of a Rowdy-sheet rowdy known to the police. Refers to Liquor, in a lesser sense, other Sarakku: 'goods' in Sarakku illicit goods like English. drugs, and smuggled items. Refers to either a weapon, most commonly a knife, OR genitals of a man. Could also mean Saaman Hindi Saamaan: thing. general luggage, e.g., Saaman erakki anga vei meaning, unload the luggage and stow it there Also known as Matter To escape detection, Saami padam padam, refers to a the first few minutes risque movie of these movies usually depict devotional scenes. Commonly used by everyone to refer to hitting someone, or Saathu Literally slam. making a point as in 'appadi pottu saathu'. Also mostly used in 'Pottu Saathu' Sappaaththu Shoe. Malaysian/SL Tamil Possibly from Tamil saavu (death) and Verbal abuse against Saavugraaki graaki (spurious buyer bad drivers. or peddler) giving customer of Death. Possibly from the blurring sound of Sallu, Salunnu Fast, smooth, quick. something moving fast. Equivalent of English whirr/buzz. Very Easy Thing, Not interesting thing. Example Sappa Matter Sappa Matter or Salpi Sappai/ Chappai in mama chaste Tamil is flat. Tamil Semmai or Semma Very (adj.) Chemmai Usage: "Otha sevulu pendhidum". Sevulu Cheek(adj.) Tamil Sevilu or Sevulu Infamously used as "Bagulu bigil oodhum...sevulu avilaayidum" Admiring women from a distance, Sight English Sightu Adikkaruthu usually without the Adikarrathu Tamil woman's knowledge. Lazy fellow; word Tamil Usage: Po da Somari originates from somaari (Go away, Kannada you lazy fellow) Synonymous with Koral udaradhu = Tamil udaradhu Sound udaradhu literally make too (release). much 'Sound'/voice (Kural) Usage: Adhu sothai figuru maamu! Sothai Rotten. Literally: decayed/damaged. Known for his Originally refers to distinctive style and Super Star Tamil Actor screen presence. Rajnikanth Similar emulatory names like Shining Star, Little Super Star have been taken up by other actors in South India Pronounced sulphate aa from Copper Sulphate, commonly Cheap, strong and present in such harmful liquor that potions. From banned may contain liquor that the rural poisonous substances poor hastily prepare by including copper boiling (instead of Sulphata Sulphate, methanol, fermenting) basic formaldehyde and ingredients like rice formic acid. Similar gruel, along with a potions include wide variety of 'chappi' and 'kalakkal.' organic substances, sometimes, even including tyres and petroleum. A phrase much used by students after coming out of the exam hall, even when Example: there is no negative Raghuvendran marking in that Ramachandran Sure Negative particular exam. (Guruji) : machi sure Mostly used by negative in board students who are exams too. OLEMARIs as well(refer: OLEMARI). A phrase commonly used by call centre employees who avoid Suthi Vuttiya taking calls by refreshing their positions in the list of people taking calls. Unknown. Probably onamatopoeic from the Susu Urine sound of a person urinating. Telugu 'Takkari' - As in Takkaru Figure ba . Takkaru Super Takkar in Urdu means Collision, confrontation. Tension Aawadhey or No Literally Don't become Relax Tenson tension. Sarcastic way of Terror telling a person that he's no threat. English, 'station', As in rayilve tesan tesan which due to Tamil (railway station), polis pronunciation has tesan (police station- morphed into tesan. also refer 'mamiyar veedu' above) Urdu 'Thamaashaa'. Thamaashu Funny, comical event ironically this means - is it comical ?? From the movie Literally 'head' in 'Dheena', starring actor Tamil. Used Ajith whose character colloquially to Thala is called as 'Thala' by address gang leaders. his friends. This word Now used in the same is now used by many sense as 'dude'. others in Tamil Nadu. Fit for Nothing Tharudhala Refers to Useless. Sariyana Tharudhala da Illegitimate Child. Usage: "Otha andha Thevadiya Paiyya Son of a bitch thevadiya paiyyan" means wig. Often used in a derogatory This is derived from Topa sense to refer to the the French word unnatural hair of an toupee elderly person. Person absent minded or not that shrewd. Refers to one who is not picking up things easily, or someone, Tube light who takes a bit of English Tube light . time to understand (like a tube light that flickers for a few seconds before lighting up). Udhaaru To lie. Exaggerate. Also see: reel, gapsaa To be extra cautious. Hoshiyaar from Ushaaru Urdu/Ushaaru from Kannada Guy from Village. Unnu Short of Oor Nattan. Tamil Ulkutthu . Literally inside punches Underhanded Devious, sneaky, Ulkutthu activity, as in He fraud resorted to Ulkutthu to improve customer experience. Interestingly, 'Vali' (Verb) in chaste Tamil itself means the same Vali (Verb) as in viz., 'Pull' (as in 'ValchchukkO', 'strongaa Pull 'kaakkaay valippu' for vali' epilepsy), though people normally prefer ' izhu' synonymous with odavakarai. derived Venna useless person from the Tamil word vennai which means butter To do nothing. To Bayangara Vetti might expend no energy and Vetti mean a chronically towards no end or lazy person. means. Tamil 'veedu'(house) 'kattrathu'(to build). This procedure involves complex act of creating a body movements and Voodu kattrathu prelude to a fight. to ends with a complete build a house (literal) or partial prostration at the feet of the guru seeking his blessings before the duel. Elder Sister, commonly used in reference to a female Yakkaa who is older than the Tamil 'Akkaa' speaker, not necessarily his/her sister Eating at the expense Tamil 'Increasing the of father, doing no job size of tummy without XXL (Double X L) or work. Similar to doing any work leads Dhanda soru to increased shirt-size.' Tamil 'Madras Tamil Chauce Means sause for sauce. Tomato, Chilli.. whatever..' Commonly used with Tamil other words to say Sokka 'NanragaTakkara' good. eg, like looks Other usage. good - Sokka keethu From the Tamil word for echchil kalai or A person with no Yechakale echchil ilai, a banana shame leaf containing leftovers! Synonymous to Eglapichu/Ducklipickly Dokapuli To say that person Usage. Figura was able to induce Also known as Setup pannittan" madichitaan love from his "Madichittan". machi. girlfriend. To cheat someone or Example : Police kitta Thanni Kaataradhu escape from a person thanni Kaateetu escape right under their nose aaitan ba N. 1.Person of North Example : Ponnu Indian origin 2.Any Zee Tv kaboor family daa! North Indian Ore Zee TV daa! Language Dappan kuthu is the dance used to give a happy send off to the person who died. This dappaan kuthu is very famous as well as special in chennai with the unique music. Sandhu la sindhu same as cycle gap la paadardhu auto ottardhu.  Examples of Madras Bashai in cricket Like in the rest of India, the game of cricket is akin to religion in Madras too, and has its own vocabulary, many adapted from English in extremely unique, sometimes funny ways: Word/phrase Meaning in context Origin, usage Person who cheats inspite of a clean out. Often reffered to a person who umpires the match. Being Ayil Bongu or from the batting team, the ayuvuni bongu umpire usually denies a clear run out or no balls the bowler after a catch is taken. Technically, the person cheats by crying. This is normally used when an unskilled Half an over, as in when a bowler (normally novice or an new Baby Over bowls only 3 balls in an comer)bowls and he is too erratic in over instead of normal 6. bowling; so the captain signals a babyover after 3 balls and sends the person back English language Bowled - A colloquialization of Bowled Him!, which is Bowled, as in when a Bolden a common way of expressing delight, on batsman is out Bowled. the part of the bowler himself, fielders, or commentators, at getting a batsman out. Asking for the ball which Tamil - Fielder having not willingness to Echoosme ball has gone out of reach fetch the ball that has gone out of reach in please while playing in the a ground normally says this. ground. Common The same set of fielders A common scenario when there are fewer Fielding field for both the teams. player in both the sides, so the same players get to field for both the sides, irrespective of whichever team is batting Kind of like Bye's in cricket; This happens typically when the ground is small and the 2 runs are granted without ball runs to a place in the ground that take G2 the batsman/ runner a long time to recover; so 2 runs are running it. granted free, as the batsman/ runner might run more if they actually wait for the ball to be returned. English language from Gauge. Meaning Gaajee Take a turn at batting. corrupted to mean 'turn' or 'chance'. Tamil - The word could be used to describe an incident of a person dropping a Failing to hold on to, or Gappae sitter of a catch, or, if he deserves such a dropping, an easy catch. reputation, could refer to the person himself. Sarcastic reference to bad Tamil - Teasing a bowler as if he had Idea Bowling bowler. bowled a great delivery. This happens when there is one player Person who bats or bowls extra and cannot be taken into either team. Joker and fields for both the Usually he is a person who cannot play the teams. game properly. English Last Ball - A direct shortening and colloquializing of an English term. Maybe Uttered before the last ball be said out loud by the bowler (if he wants LaaBaal of an over is to be bowled. to get his over done with quickly) or the umpire (drawing attention to the impending end of an over) English Last Two - A direct shortening and Uttered when two balls Laa-Too colloquializing of an English term. Not to remain in an over. be confused with 'Ladd-hoo' (below). Tamil Laddu - The Laddu is a round, soft sweet dish popular in Tamil Nadu. To A ball that sits up waiting characterize a bowler's delivery as a 'Ladd- Ladd-hoo to be hit by the batsman. hoo' is to imply that it is going to be enjoyed in a similar manner, leading to a free hit. This is again a variation in the game, so A type of game wherein that everyone gets fair chance to play & even after the one player Last man- even when a weak player is paired up with in the final batting pair is Gajee a last strong batsman, he still gets to out, the last player gets to complete his entire game (until made out) bat until he is made out & not unnecessarily penalised A lofted shot by the batsman that looks to be heading for a sixer but This happens when the ball travels higher Local Sixer lands well inside the rather than farther. boundary for an easy catch. This could also be used when a non- A heavy dose of fluke regular batsman swings the bat with all Maatikichu whereby a fielder take a fury and no focus and the ball by chance blinder of a catch. hits the meat of the bat and goes for a six or a boundary a Left Hander. Often used to describe a batsman or a bowler who is left handed. lotta kaiyala adchi win panlam Also means that Lotta we can play with our left hand win over the opponent. Often meant to describe the weakest opponent. Tamil - Possible origin from Bowled Out.. Batsman claiming that he Not a bowled opposite is Not Bowled out.. easier way to is not bowled out. say being Not a Bowled.. Typically a half-volley Tamil - Easy delivery. Possible origin OB Bandhu which allows a batsman to from other madras Tamil word - OB.. go for a huge shot. meaning easy going.. a variation in the game English - Typically, to quicken the pace of wherein even, if the ball One pitch the game so that everyone in the team gets pitches once and the catch to play. a batsman is made out even if the fielder catches it. It still fielder catches a ball after one pitch consider an out. One side An scenario wherin only This typically happens when ground is fielding one side of the field is small and one of field is available for play (ie unusable/impossible to play, such as a either the leg side or the brick wall on the side, road obstacle etc. offside). Pazhama A ball tossed up waiting Tamil - the phrase literally means to put a Podu to be hit fruit, like a fruit ready to be plucked. Same as ayil bongu. But here the cheater behaves like a bitch by not being brave enough to face the Potta bongu opponents like a man and always seeks to win by cheating. Potta literally means bitch. Literally meaning being flower,in cricket it is used Poo to describe the ball being bowled by a bowler, which is so easy to hit. When after the toss, the winning team asks the English Putting and Bat - shortened from other team to bat first Putting-the other team-to Bat. This is Putting bat (which btw proves that the widely used in Somasundaram ground, toss winner is a T.Nagar professional team) Used to refer to the turn Tamil - Corruption of the english word Tan (or spin) that a spin Turn bowler generates. Used alternatively to say the ball took the edge of the bat,and hence not as Tip Stands for edge. productive as meant.Also used to refer to the bottom edge of the bat. Stands for the ball usually bowled before the innings "officially" begins. A Trials batsman usually opts for this in order to gauge the bowler's method of bowling the ball.. Tamil - To describe a catch taken after the Tree Taking a catch after a ball ball hit a tree or a wall. catch/Wall hits a tree or a wall while catch playing street cricket. When a batsman cannot English Hurt, Retired - Extreme corruption Utteetail or continue batting due to an of this word is a matter of amusement and Additail injury and has to retire. curiosity. English Initially there used to be fights between teams regarding no-balls and the height of the ball when it passes the batsman especially when a batsman is out hitting the ball. So when the umpire, who Denotes that the ball is mostly part of the batting team in local bowled is not an incorrect club matches pronounces it as a No ball Yes Ball one - basically not a wide the bowling team, to show its opposition or a no-ball. to the decision shouts Yes ball in chorus. This became a vogue and nowadays all correct deliveries are referred to as Yes ball. You can see the term frequently used in pre-game captains meets as No-ball adicha Yes Ball pa.Out undu innaa. Tamil . Possibly from dok, the muffled While batting, it denotes a sound made when the wooden bat hits the defensive stroke with a Dokku playing surface when a defensive shot is low or zero scoring played. It can also mean a dead end in potential. Chennai slang. This typically happens, when there are an player batting for a second extra person in one team vs the other team, Doubles time in the same innings so the opposing team gets to field a player even after getting out. bat a second time to compensate for the missing player in their team. Used when the wicket keeper or bowler has the ball. The batsman uses The batsman uses this usually when he has Wait for the this phrase meaning that to discuss team strategies with the batsman crease he retains the crease and at the other end. denies the wicket keeper or the bowler of running him out. L.B.W., or Leg Before English L.B.W. - An abbreviation of the Yellbee or Wicket, a way of getting a acronym, spoken with the intonations (Yell L.B. batsman out in cricket. for the letter L) that characterize Tamil. over gaaje Playing last ball in the previous over and taking 1 run so that he can play for the next over first ball too.  Usage A large part of Madras bashai is dedicated to exhibiting road rage and starting street fights. The most common is machaan or machi meaning brother-in-law as in Saala in Marathi/Hindi or malaka in Greek. Most common word to describe almost anyone. Naina! Vootle solltiya? Saavugraaki! By calling the other person naina and asking him whether he has taken leave of his loved ones, the speaker indicates that his interlocutor is driving in a very unsafe manner. The speaker uses saavugraaki to emphasise the point, thus asserting his superior driving skills in the situation. Yaru theaterla yaru padam ootra...keenjidum screenu....bemani! It is used to indicate that other person is trying to show off at a place he does not belong to. Bajarlai ushara illaina nijara kalatidu vaanga Have to be careful in public place or you will lose your underpants. Basically, this is to indicate that we have to be careful with our belongings in public places since pocket picking menace is very common and widely prevalent in Chennai and neighborhood. Bikki kuduthutta Usually used in the context when a girl ditches a guy whimsically Sevulu avul aiyidum or Sevulu keenjidum Used to indicate that a slap will reduce one's cheeks to powder. Illatha kadaiyila tea aathathe Acting smart to impress a figure (implies a woman with good figure). (Literally, Don't make tea in a store that's not there.) Bulb adichaan da Goofed up and caught red-handed. Nee Saavarthukku En Vandidhan Kadichidha??? Didn't you find any other vehicle other than mine to die. Often told by lorry, bus and car drivers to the person who crosses their path. Un moonchile en peechang kaiye vaikka I'll put my left hand on your face. A threat, as a person's left hand is regarded as unclean. (This is due to the historic lack of toilet paper in rural areas.) Aiyya monjiya paru Literally meaning Look at that face implying that it is unsightly to behold. Commonly used, especially by females to insult males. Po da badu A common slur used to insult someone However, not all of Madras Bashai is used predominantly for cursing. The Madras Bashai uses the English language in a very interesting manner. Enna Machi, Nalla Keeriya Machi technically means Brother-in-law, but it is very commonly used to address friends. In present day English, this might translate to - Hey Dude, Whassup? Enna Friend-ae. Romba naala kandukkavae illayae? Note the interesting usage of the word Friend in its literal sense. The sentence translates to - Hello Mate, Haven't heard from you in a while? Figura paathu frienda cut panradhu Used to refer to a friend who chooses his girlfriend as a higher priority than his friend (platonic friend). Vaailey vada suda tha Used to refer somebody who talks a lot but in reality they can never make a step towards what they have said (or) asking some one to avoid false commitments. Machi naa eggurren Meaning Dude i'm leaving home. Uttalakkadi goanya uzunthu ezunthu vaaya Used to refer some one who took a wrong way and struggling to find the right way. Daavukku kannu dokku Meaning Love is blind here daavu refers to love, kannu refers to eye and dokku refers to blindness. kootar adiccha korangu Used to refer crazy or maniacs who likes to annoy others. here kootar refers to (250 ml or quarter of alcohol) and korangu refers to monkey. Gourava baal Used to refer some who does things for the sake of prestige. Laadu labbaku dhas or Laadu langotta , Used to refer some who thinks that they are always right.here Laadu refers to 'Lord'. Dumangoli, Used to refer to someone as chinna payan(little fellow) to denote his inexperience or someones actual size. Actual meaning(its the goli found in a goli soda). Judgeju jamakkaalam, Used to refer some who confidently criticize others and they tend to do things always wrong .here Judgeu refers to 'Judge'. Vakeel varavajeee, Used to refer some who talks about rights,law for every thing. Goii used to express cheers or to wish a splendid performance. Oothavan odi poittan, orama ninnu onnuku adichavan maatikinan, Used to refer to the fact that an accused person is in effect an innocent bystander. It literally means that the one who has had an illicit affair has run away while the person who was relieving himself in the vicinity was caught. This is also known as Nongu thinnavan odi pootan, nondi thandhavan maatikinaan.
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