More Than 20 Tagalog Slang Words for Everyday Use

Updated on February 21, 2018
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When visiting a foreign country, it is necessary to learn the language in order to interact with others and survive. But there's something that adds a bit more excitement to learning a foreign language—slang words! Without them, conversations become stale and boring, and Tagalog is no different.

Outdated or hip, you'll find it here on this list. So let's dive in and learn all about these Tagalog slang words. Here's over 20 Tagalog slang words for you to start with. Already fluent? Let's see if you recognize all of these, or help me out by providing an alternative meaning or explanation for any word on this list.

You're so good at Wildflower lodi.
You're so good at Wildflower lodi. | Source

1. Lodi

This one is currently making a hit along with number 2 on the list. Lodi is the perfect Filipino slang word for that person you idolize. Yes, idolize is the key word here for this slang word's meaning. Reading lodi backwards will give you idol.

2. Petmalu

Fresh from the oven along with lodi, petmalu is a Tagalog slang word that means extreme, exceptional, cool, excellent or something extraordinary.

The Tagalog word malupit also spelled malupet, when jumbled up will give you the slang word petmalu.

Petmalu talaga ang performance mo on stage lodi!

Your performance on stage lodi is truly exceptional!

3. Mumshie

A slang that is either easy for you to guess or will make you pause, think and scratch your head. Focus on the firs syllable and that is a good enough clue that will give you a hint what mumshie means in Tagalog. Yes, you got it right - a slang word for mommies as mumshie means mom.

4. Werpa

Werpa is another newly born Tagalog slang word. The English word power spelled as pawer when reversed will give you werpa.

5. Praning

This word is used a lot! It means "crazy" or "cuckoo" and is often used to describe someone who is hallucinating while on drugs.

6. Taratitat

Have you ever talked to someone and the person just goes on and on, like nonstop? Taratitat is the perfect slang word for a talkative person.

Example: Taratitat ka talaga. (You're really talkative.)

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7. Charot

Charot is another popular entry. So popular, in fact, that if there were a list of the most used Tagalog slang words, this one would be at the top. Use this hip word when you are joking around; it means, "I'm just kidding!"

So, the next time you say something and others take you seriously, say "charot!"

Example: "As my best friend, you're the one I'll treat first this weekend. I won the lottery. Charot!"

8. Bulilyaso

I had a hard time finding an exact English equivalent for this word in order to offer a much better explanation. However, bulilyaso means "a failed, or unsuccessful, plan due to an unexpected turn of events."

Here's an example from a fellow author:

Dad: We thought Marie was picking you up at 2:30 pm today?
Kara: That was the plan.
Mom: What happened? Why are you still here?
Kara: Bulilyaso, mom and dad.
Kara: Marie called me earlier and said her mom asked her to accompany her to a co-worker's birthday party. Her mom was supposed to go there with another coworker, but they changed their mind today. Aunt Lily isn't comfortable going all by herself so she asked Marie to come with her.
Mom: Just help me cook dinner instead.
Kara: Barbeque chicken?
Mom: Dehins (no). I forgot to buy chicken yesterday.
John: What's for dinner? Barbeque chicken?
Kara: Bulilyaso, brother. Mom forgot to buy chicken.
Mom: You two will eat vegetables, okay? Beans, squash, and bitter gourd.

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9. Tsekot

In Tagalog, kotse is the word for 'car.' If you reverse the syllables, you get tsekot, which is the Tagalog slang for car. It's one of those special words that we mentioned before. Memorizing vocabulary is so much easier when the original word and the slang word are inverses.

10. Chibog

Ever visited a Filipino home at just the right time? That's right, I mean chibog time! This slang word means "mealtime" or "food." When the syllables are reversed, it gives you bogchi which is also slang "food" and "mealtime."

Another spelling used is tsibog.

11. Chika/Chikahan

Chika means "What's up?" or "What's new with you?" (Anong chika?) It can also mean "gossip," depending on the context in which it is used. While chikahan means "conversation," "chit-chat," or "talk."

Example: How was the chikahan with your childhood friend?

12. Albor

Use this word if you ever need or want to borrow something. That's right, this particular word means "borrow." Say it the slang way - albor. Although you may have heard some say arbor, but no, the correct one is albor.

Example: Can I borrow it? (Pwedeng albor?)

13. Jowa

This one is still used today. Jowa means "lover," "boyfriend," or "partner."

Example: My jowa is still sleeping due to our different time zones, so I'm focusing on finishing this article today.

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14. Dekwat

Dekwat means to "take something away without someone's knowledge," or "to snatch." The word, dekwat, is often used with suffixes indicating the tense it's being used in. It is rarely used by itself.

15. Dedo

Dedo means exactly what you think. That's right, it means "dead," as the sound of the word implies when you drop the letter 'o.' Another word for "dead" is tigok.

16. Dehins

The Tagalog word for "no" is hindi. It is sometimes spelled hinde. When you reverse the syllables and replace the 'e' with an 's', you get its slang form, dehins.

Example: Dehins ko gets. (I don't get it)

17. Wafu and Wafa

The word, gwapo, is one of the many borrowed Spanish words used in the Filipino language. Wafu and wafa are slang for gwapo (handsome) and maganda (beautiful).

18. Kulelat

If come in last place, or are the loser, in a competition, you are the kuletat.

Example: Let's see which Tagalog word will be in last place, the 20th or kulelat spot. Charot! I won't make fun of the kuletat. Whatever word ends up in last place is just as important as the one in first.

19. Kulasisi

Every wife abhors this word."Kulasisi" is slang for "mistress," in other words, "the other woman."

20. Mumu

You'll most likely hear kids using this slang word. I've always used this one for things that go bump in the night. Mumu" is the word for "ghosts," "spirits," and did I mention "anything that goes bump in the night?"

21. Swabe

Ladies! Have you been asked out by a guy with smooth moves? I have the perfect slang word for that—swabe! It means "smooth."

22. Havey and Waley

Both of these are in right now and oh-so-hip! While havey is used to indicate approval, to praise good work, or to simply agree to something and say "okay," waley means the opposite. Waley is used to indicate failure or disapproval. It is also used to simply say "not," "no," or "none."

23. Rapsa

That delicious dish just made you finished two extra rice. Rapsa!

Reading the word backward from the last syllable will give you the Filipino word sarap. Say it the slang way and you'll have rapsa.


Syonga means "stupid." It is also spelled shonga or shunga. Sometimes the last syllable of the word is doubled, changing it to syonganga or shonganga. No matter your preference, they all mean the same thing—stupid.

Also, I might as well mention another word often used for stupidity—engot.

25. Matsala

The Tagalog for the magic word "thank you" which is "salamat," when jumbled up will give the slang word - matsala.

Matsala. Ang rapsa ng sopas!

Thank you. The soup is so delicious!

26. Erpat and Ermat

These two means "father" and "mother" or "dad" and "mom," respectively. Now if you hear ermat and erpat being used, you'll know what they mean.

Example: "Your erpat and ermat are both so cool!"


27. Echos/Chos

Whew! Finally, the last one on the list—echos (or chos). I was originally going to add this one to number 4 on the list since both are used as slang for "kidding" or "joking." But echos can also mean something else, which is why it earned its own spot.

In addition to the meanings mentioned above, echos is also slang for "poop." Yes, you read that right. So, next time you need to do number 2 say, "Naeechos ako."

28. Anda

Say money in a slang way through this Filipino slang word. Anda is your slang word for money. So next time you hear it, you know what it means.

May anda ako ngayon. Kinita ko sa pagsusulat.

I have money today. I earned it from writing.


29. Keri

Wants to cheer someone up and say "You can do it"? Well this is the Tagalog slang word just for that.

Keri sounds like carry. That is because that's exactly what this word means, being able to carry on or handle the situation - the slang way. Keri means can do.

30. Mars

Go the slang way with mars in Filipino to mean friend and not the fourth planet referred as the Red Planet. Mars is used as an endearment between friends. Be hip and try it sometimes.

Namiss kita mars!

I missed you my friend!

Poll time!

Are you familiar with all or most of the slang words?

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      precy anza 2 days ago from USA

      Thanks for the comments folks on adding up some more and giving corrections as I do read your wonderful, inspiring, lovely comments whenever I get time and add them up or do corrections. Much appreciated specially to the person below me. You're the best! And you made my day! ;) I wish other readers that might come here will learn something from you. I bet you can explain everything :) Have a blessed day!

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      Stingy Spoilero 4 days ago

      Yung erpat at ermat I-babaligtad mo din ung syllabication. Father-- Pater-- Erpat. Mother --Mater -- Ermat. Tapos sasabihin mo hindi i-babaligtad. Tanga!


      Erpat and Ermat is also jumbled up. Father-- Pater-- Erpat. Mother -- Mater -- Ermat. Then you'll say it isn't. Stupid!

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      Boxzie 2 weeks ago

      I heard most of these, but not all of them. I wish I did though lol

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      gangsik 4 weeks ago

      salamat po

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      Dony J 2 months ago

      I suspect "suabe" might have been derived from the English word "suave" as in a gentleman with savoir-faire.

      A commonly used phrase in the 60's and 70's is

      "dehins ka astig" : stop it, desist or you are out of line

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      Nestor 3 months ago

      Hi, what does it mean if someone adds the letters " MDA " followed by the "heart" symbol in an FB post? Thanks for your help...cheers..the context of the post has something to do with the person missing another person romantically...

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      RC 3 months ago

      arbor hindi albor

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      Mich 3 months ago

      Doesn't "erpat" and "ermat" come from the words father and mother respectively?

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      Ron 3 months ago

      In HS(‘70’s), the word echos meant gay or homosexual. I never knew it as ‘poop’. It was also used at the end of a sentence like- ‘ Ang Ganda na man niya, chos!

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      --- 4 months ago

      erpat and ermat are the latin words for father (pater) and mother (mater) with the syllables reversed

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      precy anza 4 months ago from USA

      Mga bagong labas ba itey na slang? Salamat. Idadagdag ko.


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      sheila 4 months ago

      Petmalu Lodi!




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      sandara 4 months ago

      ughh kulang eh

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      icia 4 months ago

      Sml=Share mo lang

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      Shin 4 months ago

      Lodi = Idol

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      Nazrene 4 months ago

      What's Lodi ?

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      Anj 8 months ago

      Dehins , Francis

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      Francis 10 months ago

      Nobody says dehins anymore.