Rare Tagalog Words

August is dedicated to the “Buwan ng Wika” celebration. This is the time when we pay tribute and show our appreciation to our National language “Filipino or Tagalog”.

This celebration inspires me to list down some Filipino words that rarely used today. (Yung iba lagi ko naririnig noon sa Lola ko…)

1.     salumpuwit                  – chair

2.     payneta                        – fancy comb put at the head

3.     kansunsilyo                 – boxer shorts

4.     birang                           – kerchief

5.     labaha                          – razor

6.     tampipi                         – suite case

7.     talipandas                   – shameless

8.     salawahan                  – two-faced

9.     nagkukumahog          – scrambling after something

10.  durungawan                – window

11.  tsubibo                         – ferris-wheel

12.  tala-arawan                 – calendar

13.  salipawpaw                 – airplane

14.  kwaderno                     – notebook

15.  tampalasan                 – traitor

16.  batalan                         – washroom / roofless bamboo structure

17.  pagninilay-nilay          – contemplation

18.  mababata                    – tolerate

19.  pitak                              – bahagi

20.  dali                                – inch

21.  nanunudyo                  – tempting

22.  piging                           – party

23.  lanay                            – veranda o porch

24.  kubyertos                    – spoon & fork

25.  irog                               – love one

26.  yayao                           – leaving

27.  katipan                        – boyfriend/girlfriend

28.  balintataw                   – imagination

29.  punyal                          – dagger

30.  tipanan                        – meeting place

31.  marikit                          – beautiful

32.  alibugha                      – irresponsible, prodigal, squanderer

33.  bansag                        – alias, nickname

34.  iwaksi                          – renounce, turn away

35.  katoto                           – comrade, pal, chum, friend, crony

36.  mapaniil                      – abusive, enslaving

37.  parikitan                      – to beautify

38.  pook-sapot                 – website

39.  sambat                        – fork

40.  talaksan                      – file

41.  yakis, nagyayakis      – to sharpen

42.  tampalasa                  – rascal, immoral

43.  sulatroniko                 – e-mail

44.  putakti                          – wasp

45.  miktinig                       – microphone

Lets Love our own Language… (ika nga ni Dr. Jose Rizal “Ang hindi marunong magmahal sa sariling wikaay higit pa sa malansang isda.”)

If you know some rare tagalog words, please add them to the list. Thanks… :)

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  • http://ajpoliquit.wordpress.com/about/snowflake-boy/ AJ

    Cool glossary! :) Haven’t heard of salipawpaw, which is a shame for someone who claims to be a Pinoy travel blogger. Haha! Also didn’t know there’s a Tagalog word for email. Super like this post!

  • joan

    There is also a tagalog word for Website… :)

    Many many Thanks AJ… Glad you like it… :)