15 Indian Words That Made It Into The Oxford Dictionary

Blog By Helma  |  04-05-18

Words Like 'Yaar' And 'Chamcha' Has Also Made It To The List

Bhelpuri

Bhelpuri

One of the most loved and popular street food of India, Bhel puri made it’s way to Oxford Dictionary.

Meaning according to dictionary: “An Indian dish of puffed rice, onions, spices and hot chutney”.


Aiyyo

Aiyyo

The expression term used mostly by the South Indians.

Meaning according to dictionary: “In Southern India and Sri Lanka, expressing distress, regret, or grief; Oh no! Or Oh! Dear!”


Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun

The most favorite sweets of Indians, Gulab Jamun.

Meaning according to dictionary: “An Indian sweet consisting of a ball of deep-fried paneer boiled in sugar syrup”.


Dhaba

Dhaba

Small desi restaurants. Meaning according to dictionary: “In India or in Indian context: a roadside food stall or restaurant”.


Jugaad

Jugaad

Jugaad, the most used slang word of Indians. We have jugaad for everything.

Meaning according to dictionary: “a flexible approach to problem-solving that uses limited resources in an innovative way.”


Masala

Masala

The word used for spices. Meaning according to dictionary: “a mixture of ground spices used in Indian cooking”.


Didi

Didi

The word used for elder sisters. Meaning according to dictionary: “an old sister or older female cousin”.


Puri

Puri

The word puri is derived from Sanskrit language. Meaning according to dictionary: “a small, round piece of bread made of unleavened wheat flour, deep-fried and served with meat or vegetables”.


Dadagiri

Dadagiri

Meaning according to dictionary: “Intimidating, coercive or bullying behavior”


Yaar

Yaar

According to reports, Yaar was the first hindi word to be used in the English language. Meaning according to dictionary: “A familiar form of address, friend, mate”.


Natak

Natak

Well, the dictionary explains it perfectly. Meaning according to dictionary: “a drama or dramatic act”.


Chamcha

Chamcha

Well, we all hated that teacher’s chamcha in our class. Meaning according to dictionary: “an obsequious person”.


Badmaash

Badmaash

Meaning according to dictionary: “a dishonest or unprincipled man.”


Chutney

Chutney

Meaning according to dictionary: “a spicy condiment of Indian origin, made of fruits or vegetables with vinegar, spices and sugar”.


Aadhaar

Aadhaar

We all have hated this word but the word has made it to the oxford dictionary. Meaning according to dictionary: “a 12-digit identification number assigned to all residents of India”








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