Each city has its personal slangs and in Mumbai it is particularly called Bambaiya Language. Mumbai’s confined public knows, that it is healthy and uses it every now and then, enjoying the little secret of the meaning shared with only the Mumbaikars.

mumbai slangs

1. ‘Chaayla’ : The meaning is quiet humiliating. The existing meaning is so flexible that “Chaayla” can be used in any casual conversation.

2. ‘Mama / Maushi’: Mama and Maushi interpret to the maternal uncle and aunt. These words are meticulously misused to get some work done. It is usually used, while having a conversation in Marathi. Every other Marathi speaking street vendor would be a Mama or a Maushi.

3. ‘Haila!’ : This was initiated from “Hai Allah !” but I don’t think 99% of the users know about this. Haila would translate to “Oh God!”

4. ‘Gheuntak’: Just take it!

5. ‘Yeda ban ke peda kha raha hai’: Innocently taking advantage of the situation.

6. ‘Dhinchak’: Fabulous. It also means something extraordinary.

7.  ‘Kopchi’: It means a corner.

8.  ‘Chikna’: It stands for any good looking person. Chikna actually means smooth. Chikni is the female version for the same.

9. ‘Dhapnya / Battery / double battery’: Refers to a person wearing prescription glasses. Dhapnya is a marathi word. The Ghati way of saying this would be “bya-tree”.

– Amey Khedekar

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