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15 Common Indian Words That Made It Into The Oxford Dictionary

Chutney pass kar, yaar

Was it not enough that some words in English were derived from Sanskrit? Now, Indian words have been included in the oxford dictionary! Woohoo!  Order the best Puri and chutney from your favourite Dhaba because these 15 Indian words made it into the Oxford dictionary.

1.  Yaar

Reports say that Yaar was probably the first Hindi word to be used in the English language.

The oxford dictionary defines it as “A familiar form of address, friend, mate”.

2. Jugaad

an alternative way of doing something easily.

The oxford dictionary defines it as “a flexible approach to problem-solving that uses limited resources in an innovative way.”

3. Dadagiri

The act of showing you’re the superior one.

The oxford dictionary defines it as “Intimidating, coercive or bullying behavior”

4. Bhelpuri

The oxford dictionary defines it as “An Indian dish of puffed rice, onions, spices and hot chutney”.

5. Chamcha

Sycophant, teacher’s pet; the word has many meanings.

The oxford dictionary defines it as “an obsequious person”.

6. Masala

Directly translating to spices, any food is uncooked without a sprinkle of masala.

The word used for spices. The oxford dictionary defines it as “a mixture of ground spices used in Indian cooking”.

7. Chutney

The oxford dictionary defines it as “a spicy condiment of Indian origin, made of fruits or vegetables with vinegar, spices and sugar”.

8. Aiyyo

The oxford dictionary defines it as “In Southern India and Sri Lanka, expressing distress, regret, or grief; Oh no! Or Oh! Dear!”

9. Gulab Jaamun

Round, Juicy and heavenly sweet dessert.

The oxford dictionary defines it as “An Indian sweet consisting of a ball of deep-fried Paneer boiled in sugar syrup”.

10. Dhaba

The oxford dictionary defines it as “In India or in Indian context: a roadside food stall or restaurant”.

11. Puri

Derived from the Sanskrit language, Puri is the go-to meal for most Indians.

The oxford dictionary defines it as “a small, round piece of bread made of unleavened wheat flour, deep-fried and served with meat or vegetables”.

12. Natak

We all have someone who exaggerates every situation.

The oxford dictionary defines it as “a drama or dramatic act”.

13. Badmaash

A naughty person.

The oxford dictionary defines it as “a dishonest or unprincipled man.”

14. Aadhaar

Shh… don’t say this word in front of an Indian. They hate it.

The oxford dictionary defines it as “a 12-digit identification number assigned to all residents of India”

15. Didi

The word is used to address elder sisters or a female that is a bit older than you.

The oxford dictionary defines it as “an old sister or older female cousin”.

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