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Are u familiar with these Top 7 Hindi slang words?

While in India, you will hear varied dialects of a language across the country. Here are some slang words that are most commonly used in the Hindi speaking cities. These words will help you better assimilate while travelling in India.


Image of a terrified Prof Snape (representing corona) seeing an Indian man wearing a gunny bag mask. This meme represents Indian jugaad in humour.

It usually means creative/innovative idea or getting out of a complex situation. It is used in context when you want an out of the box, low cost solution to problems. It is similar to the word like ‘hack’.

Colloquially, it means setting. It’s more like where there is a will there is a way and represents the never give up spirit of Indians. Did you check out this bicycle with a steering wheel?

A bicycle with a steering wheel


When something goes against your expectations. The exaggerated meaning is when your expectations are ruined or destroyed.

Scenario: Ask a friend about his issues in life

Reply: Bhai, zindagi toh jhand hai.

Translation: Brother, my life is ruined.

A meme where the text goes like this: teacher - describe your life and the student replies 'jhand'


It literally means to tear. When used as a slang, it is used as a word to express their exciting happiness about someone or something appealing wonderful to them.

Eg. Faadu movie tha

Translation: The movie was awesome.

An image of a man showing two thumbs up with 'Faadu hai bhai' written over it


This is one versatile slang and stnds for a whole bunch of words!  The word maal actually means 'material' but can be used to talk about drugs, alcohol money or even drugs!

a meme showing the number of things the hindi slang word 'maal' represents


 Someone who is lazy or doesn't do anything.

Scenario: when you ask a friend to do a task when he/she is busy...

Eg: Hum velle behtein hai kya?

Translation: Am I jobless?

an image of a small boy who is asking, 'what do we do now' is used here to represent the hindi slang 'vella' which means having nothing to do.


The word 'fattu' is used to refer to someone who is always scared or doesn't have any guts! 

a meme where a scribbled face with hands up in air is asking, 'God why my friend is 'fattu'.



It literally means dizziness. As a slang it is used as word to explain problematic social situation.

Eg: Kis chakkar mein padh gaya mein.

Translation: What have I gotten myself into.

A Dekh Bhai meme that says, 'Ladki ka chakkar danger re baba re'

Also, do you know that, in Hindi, you won’t be made a 'fool'... in stead you´ll be made an “owl” -ullu !

To learn more such funny slangs and homophones (words that sound the same but are different in meaning) in Indian languages download the Language Curry App now!

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