Are you new to Delhi and struggling to understand some common Delhi slangs?
Dilwalon ki Dilli mei aapka swagat hai! A city bustling with DTC buses, metros, and honking cars has its own language now. People from all over the country have made Delhi a melting pot. Vibrant bazaars, spicy street food, stunning monuments, and a plethora of opportunities in the capital city have attracted people from time immemorial.
This cosmopolitan nature has led to people creating a lingo unique to them. Delhi slangs are not mere words, they equate to emotions and essence of life for Delhiites. If you are new to the city or planning to move here any time soon, start learning these words by heart!
Go through this dictionary of common Delhi slangs to brush up your vocabulary
Meaning: wait, stop.
Usage: “Khadd jaa, bhai. There’s still time for your turn.”
Meaning: plan, or fight.
Usage: “Bhai scene ho gaya kal college ke bahar.” A fight took place in front of the college.
“Bro aaj raat ka kya scene hai?” What’s the plan for tonight?
Meaning: cheap, un-classy
Usage: “Bhai kaisa cheapda hai tu” What kind of a cheapster are you?
Meaning: Boyfriend, Girlfriend
Usage: “Wo Rahul ki Bandi hai” She is Rahul’s girlfriend
Meaning: creepy, the one who sticks around despite your attempts to avoid him/her or stick,
Usage: “Wo chape ho raha hai”
“Ye kaam usko chep de” Give this work to him
Meaning: try using a jack
Usage: “Bhai admission mei koi jugaad laga de” Please get my admission sorted by hook or crook.
7. Dimag ka dahi
Meaning: Getting irritated to a great extent
Usage: “Yaar nikal yahan se, dimaag ka dahi mat kar.” Don’t irritate me, get lost”
Usage: “Yaar kya tota lag rahi hai.” Wow dude, you’re looking hot.
Meaning: An elongated feeling of aggravation.
Usage: “Sonu ka selection ho gya to tujhe kyun chull mach rahi hai?” If Sonu got selected, why are you getting itched?
Meaning: confusion leading to anger and frustration / ruckus
Usage: “Bhassad macha rakhi hai.” They’ve created a ruckus.
Meaning: mindless loitering
Usage: “Raat ko gedi maarne chalenge” We’ll go for a drive tonight
Meaning: fulfillment of unimportant tasks
Usage: “Usko job par jhak maarne ke paise mil rahe hai.” That’s not even a real job; she gets paid for nothing.
Usage: “Vella hai kya?” Don’t you have a job?
Meaning: super high or drunk
Usage: “Kya bakwas kar raha hai, bhand hai kya?” What non-sense are you talking; are you drunk?
Meaning: slow-walking policeman with a big gut
Usage: “Signal par thulle khade hai.” Policemen are standing at the traffic signal
Usage: “Kya tagda shot maara Dhoni ne.” Dhoni hit a superb shot.
17. Lio (khaa lio)
Meaning: a substitute for ‘lena’ and a sign of poor Hindi
Usage: “Khaa kha lio” Have your meal.
Meaning: canon, but essentially bomb
Usage: “Badi tope bani phirti hai.” What does she think of herself?
19. Tu janta nahi mera baap kaun hai?
Meaning: A classic phrase to aggravate a clash of egos. sign of a spoilt brat.
Usage: “Mujhse panga mat le. Tu jaanta nahi mera baap kon hai.” Don’t mess with me. You don’t know who’s my dad.
20. Feel aa gayi
Meaning: Such a feeling of pleasure you can’t possibly explain
Usage: “Raju ki kachori khaake feel aa gayi.” Raju’s kachori was so good, I can’t even explain.
Usage: “Fattu hai kya?” Are you a loser?
Usage: “Zindagi bilkul bindass jee.” Live life carefree.
Meaning: literally “bell” but essentially, “nonsense” or “rubbish”.
Usage: “Tu bolega aur mei maan lunga? Ghanta.” You want me to buy into everything you say? Yeah right!
Meaning: literally means ‘fireworks’ but in conversation, it’s used to refer to attractive girls. (Be careful because some people find it offensive; also used in catcalling)
Usage: “My best friend was looking pataka for the farewell party.”
Meaning: Annoying and boring person.
Usage: “The professor just wouldn’t stop blabbering rubbish. What a pakau.”
26. Deun kya?
Meaning: a threat to beat someone up. In its extended form, it could be “should I give you a good one?”
Usage: “Stop pestering me. Deun kya?”
Meaning: flashy, tacky
Usage: “Kapoor aunty is dressed up in a very dhinchak fashion.”
28. Bhains Ki Aankh
Meaning: to get surprised/shocked; in literal terms- bull’s eye
Usage: “Bhains ki aankh. How did she get the job?”
29. Jhand Karna
Meaning: to embarrass someone
Usage: “Sneha ne sabke saamne Rashul ki jhand kardi” Sneha insulted Rashul in front of everyone.
Meaning: person who talks excessively, a chatterbox
Usage: “He keeps talking in the class the whole time; what a chaatu.”
Meaning: a sycophant, creep
Usage: “He’s always found around the teacher. Teacher ka chamcha.”
Meaning: a loser, a term for addressing someone
Usage: “Aye chirkut, go and get me something to eat.”
Meaning: dumb person
Usage: “Wo dhakkan hai, he won’t understand anything.”
Meaning: an abbreviation of fundamentals, concept
Usage: “Simple sa funda hai..” It’s a basic concept..
35. Lafda / Kaand
Meaning: a serious matter or mistake
Usage: “Bhai, usne phir kaand kardia.” He made a mistake again.
Meaning: pretty, beautiful looking. Originating from the Punjabi word ghaint.
Usage: “Kya kaint lag rahi hai aaj tu.” You are looking really pretty today.
Meaning: If you know it, you know it.
Usage: Just for any happy, sad, funny, high, low, surprise, angry, frustrating moment.
Meaning: THE place; regular hangout spot.
Usage: “Adde par milte hai shaam ko.” Let’s meet at our spot in the evening.
39. Chill Maar
Meaning: let go of it.
Usage: “At least you passed your exams. Chill kar.”
Usage: “Oye Chomu, be careful of your colleagues this time.”
Meaning: Bad trip
Usage: “Bhai, BT mat de.”
Did you have a blast reading silly translations because I sure did. They are hilarious when explained it another language. But once your tongue gets a hold of it, you are not leaving these words any sooner.
If we missed a Delhi slang you use with your friends, help us enrich our vocabulary by telling us in the comments below!
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