I live in India, and I speak Hindi, Punjabi and English very well. I have also been learning some more languages.
We get relaxed in our bedding. Whether you return from a long trip, a stressful day at work or a hard workout in the gym, bedding is the place where you will lose all the stress of the day. There are different parts of our bedding that come into use during different seasons. Here we will discuss the names of bed items in the Punjabi language.
The Punjabi language should be written with the Gurmukhi script, but the bed item's names in this article have also been provided in Roman letters so English readers can easily understand their pronunciation.
|Bed Item Name in English||Bed Item Name Pronunciation in Punjabi(Roman letters)||Word for the Bed Item in Punjabi(Gurumukhi)|
The Punjabi word for the bedding is bistra.
The Punjabi name for the pillow is "saraanaa." It is written as ਸਰਾਣਾ in Punjabi.
This word is also used to say "towards the head while in lying-down position."
For example, if you ask someone, "Where on the bed is a cellphone set?" The answer is going to be, "the side of the head." In Punjabi, you will say that the phone is placed in the position "Saraane" which is a word for the pillow.
How to Say "Pillow" in Punjabi
English Sentence: Give me a pillow to put under my head.
Punjabi Translation (Roman script): Mainu seer de heth rakhan lyi ik saraanaa deyo.
Punjabi Translation (Gurumukhi script): ਮੈਂਨੂੰ ਸਿਰ ਦੇ ਹੇਠ ਰਖਣ ਲਈ ਇਕ ਸਰਾਣਾ ਦੇਓ।
The name for a blanket in Punjabi is "kambal." It is written as ਕੰਬਲ in Punjabi.
An idiom related to the word blanket in Punjabi: There is an interesting idiom related to the term "kambal" in Punjabi. The idiom is as follows:
Punjabi idiom: "Kambal kutai"
English translation of the idiom: "Kambal kutai" means "beating whilst wrapping the head and face in a blanket" in English.
During my college days in the hostel premises, when a group of friends would have been annoyed by a specific individual who was also a member of that group, they would free the frustration from him in that way.
The boys would gather in a room at night and call the person on the phone for an invitation to the room. The door would be closed. The person would enter the room; the light would be turned off immediately and a blanket would be thrown across the face and head by a boy. The other guys beat him with hands when he couldn't see who was beating him. The beating was done in a friendly manner so the victim could not get hurt much.
It's called "Kambal Kutai" these days and the guys would have a great deal of fun with it.
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How to Say "Blanket" in Punjabi
English Sentence: He slept wrapping up a blanket.
Punjabi Translation (Roman script): Oh kambal lapet ke so gya.
Punjabi Translation (Gurumukhi script): ਓਹ ਕੰਬਲ ਲਪੇਟ ਕੇ ਸੋ ਗਿਆ।
A quilt is called "rajaayi" in Punjabi. This word is written like ਰਜਾਈ in Punjabi.
Learn How to Say "Quilt" in Punjabi
English Sentence: Quits are needed in winters.
Punjabi Translation (Roman script): Sardiya vich rajaayiyan di lor paindi hai.
Punjabi Translation (Gurumukhi script): ਸਰਦੀਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਰਜਾਈਆਂ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਪੈਂਦੀ ਹੈ।
The Punjabi name of the mattress is "gaddaa." It is written as ਗੱਦਾ in Punjabi.
A note for pronunciation of the word gadda: The word gadda must be pronounced very carefully (listen to the pronunciation guide given below). If you say "gadhaa" instead of "gadda" the word will turn into a "donkey" (in English). If you're going to emphasize the alphabet "d" then that means a "wooden-cart" in English.
How to Say "Mattress" in Punjabi
English Sentence: Please lay the mattress.
Punjabi Translation (Roman script): Kirpa karke gaddaa bischa deyo.
Punjabi Translation (Gurumukhi script): ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਗੱਦਾ ਬਿਛਾ ਦੇਓ।
The Punjabi name for a bed sheet is "chaadar." It is written as ਚਾਦਰ in Punjabi.
Idiom related to the word bedsheet in Punjabi: There is also a very famous idiom related to the word "Chaadar" in Punjabi. The idiom goes as follows:
Punjabi idiom: "Chaadar dekh ke pair pasaro."
The meaning of this phrase is "Do your expenses according to your income."
This phrase is commonly used by a well-wisher to counsel the father of a daughter on the occasion of her marriage. The young girl must leave her parental home after her wedding and live with her husband. The parents try to do their best to organize the wedding ceremony and the presents for her that she would bring to her new home (the husband's). Even debts and mortgages are taken to their loved daughter's happiness.
This is not good because parents have to live in debt for months or even years because the expenses for this ceremony are not minimal. So that is why a relative, family friend or well-wisher always gives the advice to the father of a bride-to-be by saying "Chaadar dekh ke pair pasaro."
Learn How to Say "Bedsheet" in Punjabi
English Sentence: I want to buy a bed sheet.
Translation in Punjabi(Roman script): Main ik chaadar khareednaa chahunda haan.
Punjabi Translation (Gurumukhi script): ਮੈਂ ਇਕ ਚਾਦਰ ਖਰੀਦਣਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦਾ ਹਾਂ।
Test your knowledge!
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- What is the Punjabi word for a pillow?
- What would you call a blanket in Punjabi?
- The Punjabi word for bedsheet is Chaadar.
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