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Top Confusing Words in Hindi Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in Hindi Language

Just like in English or any other language, there are confusing words in Hindi. Confusing words are two or more words which are very close in spelling or pronunciation which have different meanings.

I have made a short list of top confusing words in Hindi. The pronunciation (Romanized Hindi) as well as their meaning in English is given.

अपेक्षा (Apeksha – Expectation)
उपेक्षा (Upeksha – Neglect)

दिन (Din – Day)
दीन (Dīn – State)

अंदर (Andar – Inside)
अंतर (Antar – Difference)

आभास (Aabhaas – Inkling)
आवास (Aavaas – Housing, Habitat)

आकर (Aakar – Mine)
आकार (Aakaar – Shape)

कल (Kal – Tomorrow/Yesterday)
काल (Kaal – Time, Death)

अवधि (Avadhi – Duration)
अवधी (Avadhī – A Language)

आदि (Aadi – Etc)
आदी (Aadī – Habitual)

ओर (ōr – Toward)
और (Aur – And)

चिर (Chir – Ancient)
चीर (Chīr – Cloths)

चरम (Charam – Extreme)
चर्म (Charm – Skin)

गृह (Garh – Home)
ग्रह (Grah – Planet)

ज्वाला (Jvaala – Flame)
जाला (Jaala – Web)

छत्र (Chatr – Umbrella)
छात्र (Chaatr – Student)

दिशा (Disha – Direction)
दशा (Dasha – State)

दवा (Dava – Medicine)
दावा (Daava – Claim)

नियत (Niyat – Appointed, Fixed)
नीयत (Nīyat – Intension)

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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 since 2010 and has written over 430 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.


  1. Ravesh:

    I love my mother tongue only in South Africa we don’t get to learn it in schools,,i’m 41 years old and have stared learning again,,so thanks for the info,,,,,Shukar….bohoth bohoth Dhanyavaad,,,,

  2. Ahmad H Khan:

    Only one mistake I think….
    गृह (garh) does not mean home. I don’t know original meaning of गृह, but know for sure that Home in Hindi means Ghar (घर). Isn’t it?

    • Nitin Kumar:

      @Ahmad H Khan I think you are confused with ग्रह which means planet. घर and गृह are synonyms just like the words home and house in English.

  3. Ahmad H Khan:

    ok and thanks. Grhah means house
    like in grhah mantralay.

  4. Deepak:

    Here is not any mistake ग्रहmean’s planet .
    And गृह mean’s Home .house etc.

  5. Krishna Kumar ojha:

    Good collection. Need more words. Thanks.

  6. mustafa d:

    The correct pronounciation of गृह is griha. Like griha mantralaya गृह मंत्रालय।

    And ofcourse this ग्रह is pronounced as graha only.

  7. rajat:

    A helpful revision.

  8. Swayam:

    do= two, give.
    Raaz= secret, ruling.
    Maan=accept, respect.
    There are many more.

    i need some more double meaning words.