Important Words with Multiple Meanings in Hindi

Posted on 31. Mar, 2013 by in Hindi Language

You might have heard some of the words in Hindi which occurs quite often and therefore learned the meaning. But you heard the same word but it means completely different than you’d expected! Don’t disappoint yourselves, it is not your fault. There are words in Hindi language which carry multiple meanings.  Let me show you some important words which have multiple meaning as per the context.

अच्छा (Accha) – Nice, well, good, really.
This word is really a multipurpose word which can be used in a variety of situations to convey different meanings. Let me show you some of the examples.

1. अच्छा! (Accha!) – Great! or nice!
2. बहुत अच्छा गाना गया! (Bahut accha gana gaya!) – you’ve sung very well!
3. अच्छा? (Accha?) – Really?

ठीक (Thik) – Well, okay, fine, careful
This word is also used very often and may have different meanings as per the situation. Some of the examples are:

1. ठीक है (Thik hai) – Okay (or fine)
2. ठीक से जाना (Thik se jana) – drive carefully or go carefully.
3. ठीक से रहना (Thik se rehna) – be careful.
4. आप ठीक हो? (Aap thik ho?) – are you well?

वाला/वाली (Wala/Wali) - Genitive case (of)
This word is simple to understand and remember if you think of this as genitive case or possessive case. For example, दूधवाला (Dudhwala) – lit. Man of milk (Milkman). Further examples:

1. सब्जीवाला (Sabjiwala) – Veg. Grocer)
2. रिक्शावाला (Rikshawala – Riksha puller)
3. दुकानवाला (Dukanwala – Shop Owner)

कौनसा काम? (Kaunsa kaam?) – Which work?
1.कलवाला (Kalwala) – of yesterday (kaam/work is omitted)
2.स्कूलवाला (Skoolwala) – of school (kaam/work is omitted)

Further examples:

कौनसा घर? (Kaunsa ghar?) – which house?
1. नीले रंग वाला (Pile rang wala) – of yellow color
2. पीले रंग वाला (Nile rang wala) – of blue color

कौनसा पेन चाहिए? (Kaunsa pen chahiye) – which pen do you want?
1. स्याही वाला (Syaahi wala) – of ink (a fountain pen).

यह काम किसने किया?! (Yeh kaam kisne kiya?!) – who did this?!
1. छोटे वाले ने (Chote wale ne) – the small one.

बात (Baat) – Conversation, matter, news, etc
This word may confuse as it also has multiple meanings and you must know the context to which this will make any sense. Some of the examples are:

1. मैं आप से बात करना चाहता हूँ। (Mein aap se baat karna chahta hoon) – I would like to talk to you.
2. यह बात तो बहुत अच्छी है। (Yeh baat to bahut acchi hai) – This is a good news.
3. क्या बात है! (Kya baat hai!) – Awesome!
4. क्या बात है? (Kya baat hai?) – What is the matter?

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About Nitin Kumar

Nitin Kumar is a native Hindi speaker from New Delhi, India. His education qualification include Masters in Robotics and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, he is working in the Research and Development in Robotics in Germany. He is avid language learner with varied level of proficiency in English, German, Spanish, and Japanese. He wish to learn French one day. His passion for languages motivated him to share his mother tongue, Hindi, and culture and traditions associated with its speakers. He has been working with Transparent Language in 2010 and since then has written over 375 blogs on various topics on Hindi language and India, its culture and traditions. He is also the Administrator for Hindi Facebook page which has a community of over 330,000 members.

7 Responses to “Important Words with Multiple Meanings in Hindi”

  1. Lyndon de valle 5 April 2013 at 1:55 am #

    Hi Nitin

    Big fan of your blogs about Hindi.

    When you have time could you explain some -giri words. I’ve always assumed it referred generally to hills i.e. Nilgiri and Ratnagiri, but I’ve recently come across words like Gandhigiri, dadagiri and babugiri. It also seems to crop up in lots of songs. What is giri giri and what is bijli giri?

  2. Nitin Kumar 7 April 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Namaste Lyndon,

    You’ve brought up an interesting word. How about I offer you the next blog on the use of “Giri”? :)
    In the evening, you’ll see the blog on this.

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  6. Rajbir Grewal 9 November 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    My little contribution for one word having two meanings.

    मुश्किल है अभ सोना, सोना महंगा है हो गया ।

    अरे देखो रहा हूँ जल, जल में भी मैं बैठा हुआ।

    बिलकुल गया है गल, गल गल का आचार बड़ा।

    देखो बैठा मेरा गल, गल गल का आचार खाया ।

    जेल मैं कर दिए थे बंद, बंद बंद फिर काट दिआ ।

    एक कल भी था कल, कल कल देखो फिर आया ।

    डगमगाई तेरी चाल, चाल फिर से तू है चल गया।

    हो गया हूँ बाग़ बाग़, बाग़ मैं शाम को बैठा हुआ।

    अरे सबने दिए मुझे फ़ूल, फ़ूल के मैं कुप्पा हुआ।

    मेरी तलवार को लगा है जंग, जंग मै करूंगा क्या।

    जल्दी करूँ मैं इसको तेज़, तेज़ है समय जा रहा।

    कितनी चलती है तेज़, तेज़ मेरी तलवार देखो ज़रा।

    मुझे तुम देखो तो ज़रा, ज़रा ज़रा देश का बुला रहा।

    मिहनत से तू बस कर काम, काम तो है बहुत बुरा।

    होगा तेरा भी लगन, लगन से जो तूने काम किआ।

    तू जो मेरी मदद कर दो, दो का फिर ग्यारा हुआ।

    खेल रहा नन्हा सा बाल, बाल बाल था बच गया।

  7. Nitin Kumar 11 November 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Very nice! :) Thanks for your contribution.

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