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More Than 20 Tagalog Slang Words for Everyday Use

Updated on October 25, 2017
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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Outdated or hip, you'll find it here on this list.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. Werpa

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

4. 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.

5. 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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6. 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!"

7. 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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8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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?

11. Albor

Use this word if you ever need or want to borrow something. That's right, this particular word means "borrow."

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

12. 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.

Top 10 Most Used Tagalog Slang Words

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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)

16. 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).

17. 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.

18. Kulasisi

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

19. 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?"

20. 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."

21. 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."


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.

23. Erpat and Ermat

These two mean "father" and "mother," or "dad" and "mom," respectively. I can't say much about their origin or how the words were created. Some slang words are created by reversing the syllables of the original words, but not these two. Now if you hear ermat and erpat being used, you'll know what they mean.

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

24. 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."

Poll time!

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

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      Nestor 12 days 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 13 days ago

      arbor hindi albor

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      Mich 2 weeks ago

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

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      Ron 3 weeks 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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      --- 3 weeks 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 weeks ago from USA

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


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      sheila 4 weeks ago

      Petmalu Lodi!




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      sandara 5 weeks ago

      ughh kulang eh

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      icia 6 weeks ago

      Sml=Share mo lang

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      Shin 6 weeks ago

      Lodi = Idol

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      Nazrene 7 weeks ago

      What's Lodi ?

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      Anj 5 months ago

      Dehins , Francis

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      Francis 7 months ago

      Nobody says dehins anymore.