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Jugaad, Bhasad & 7 Other Hindi Words You Can Totally Translate In English!

Akanksha Bhatia

Lifestyle Writer

Indians are known for our own set of peculiar words that are a part of our daily vocabulary. Remember that angrez friend who constantly asks you to translate your sentence? Well, usually, I am that angrez friend, so I took it upon myself to figure out the meaning behind some strange Hindi words I hear way too often.

1. Ghanta


Translation: Nothing


Meaning: Originally, the term ghanta means either a bell or an hour. But the slang term loosely translates to doing absolutely nothing. I mean, what are we really doing with our lives? Ghanta.


1 hindi words - Ghanta


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2. Bhasad


Translation: An Illogical Act


Meaning: Usually related with childish pranks and utter folly, the term comes into play out of frustration. Kya bhasad macha rakhi hai?


2 hindi words - Bhasad


3. Jhand


Translation: F***ed up


Meaning: There is nothing in the Hindi vocabulary that defines the messed up emotional state of your being better than this term. Life jhand hai = an upcoming existential crisis. Am I ready for it? Absolutely not!


3 hindi words - Jhand

4. Hing / Heeng


Translation: Asafoetida


Meaning: A powerful spice used in almost every Indian dish, Asafoetida is actually a gum that is extracted from the roots and stem of the Ferula species but is commonly sold in the powder form. So, don’t be surprised if you find this term in random recipes and can’t figure out what it means!


4 hindi words - Hing


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5. Gulchare


Translation: Shameful Fun


Meaning: Not a 100% legit translation but you get the point. A derogatory term used to define a woman who has fun on her own terms (in her love life in most cases because she’s a grown ass lady).


5 hindi words - Gulchare


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6. Bakchodi

Translation: Gossip and Baseless Conversations


Meaning: Bakchodi mat kar! (STFU) Usually used to shut down your one friend who doesn’t understand the concept of an intelligent conversation.


6 hindi words - Backchodi


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7. Makhana


Translation: Fox Nut / Euryale Ferox


Meaning: That yummy & healthy substitute for popcorn and chips. Very popular during fasts and often munched on roasted or fried during winters. Friendships have ended over this delicious snack.


7 hindi words - Makhaana


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8. Jugaad


Translation: Low-Cost Solution


Meaning: We all have that one friend who has an elaborate but cost-effective solution to any problem. Be it finding a place to eat or getting you into a club, he/she is the ultimate jugaadu.


8 hindi words - Jugaad

9. Chichhora


Translation: Foppish


Meaning: Though Google translates this term as Floopish - someone who is excessively obsessed with his appearance, the local slang does have a more perversive take on the word (Basically, Varun Dhawan’s character from Main Tera Hero).


9 hindi words - Chichora


GIFs: Tumblr, Giphy.

Published on Sep 15, 2017
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