Hindi words in the Oxford English Dictionary Posted by Nitya on Dec 24, 2017 in Hindi Language
At the latest count 70 words from Indian languages were included in the Oxford English dictionary (OED). These add to the already whopping number of 900 words of Indian origin, that have earned a permanent place in the OED, the first word being क़िला qila which was adopted in 1761. Note that क़िला is borrowed from Urdu.
The history of English in India and Indian words in the OED is complex and fascinating. If you’d like to know more about the inclusion of Indian language words in the OED, you can read more here, in Release Notes: Indian English written by OED World Languages Editor Danica Salazar.
|जुगाड़||jugaad||innovative solution; in slang, it also means to take a risk and try to overcome a problem|
|बापु||bapu||father; Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was known as "बापु " or "father of the nation."|
|महा||maha||great; महा is often added as a prefix to indicate that something is of great proportions. For ex: महा offer/sale means a sale of gigantic proportions with huge discounts.|
|नमकीन||namkeen||salty; it's also used to denote savory snacks. For ex: "Chai aur namkeen" is a common teatime tradition.|
|टाइम पास||time-pass||activities (not always of value or use) indulged in as a means of killing time.|
|भवन||bhavan||house, mansion, building, structure.|
|भिंडी||bhindi||okra, also known as ladies finger in India|
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