15+ Unique Punjabi Words To Have Fun With!

unique Punjabi words

Hi friends, Kiddan? If you are a Punjabi enthusiast, chances are you would be familiar with the word kiddan (ਕਿੱਦਾਂ), which means ‘how are you’ in slang. You see, it is one of those unique Punjabi words that have blurred the state border and are recognized beyond the region, in the entire country, thanks to their usage in popular media.

In this article, we will explore some unique words in Punjabi that are not spoken so commonly these days. These words are a testament to the richness and diversity of the Punjabi language and will help you gain a deeper learning of Punjabi culture and the mindset of its people.

Let’s Learn Unique Punjabi Words

Punjabi, like many languages, has a rich tradition of wordplay, puns, and playful expressions, which add a sense of humor and help learners understand the nuances of the language and the Punjabi culture. This article is perfect for anyone who wants to add fun and uniqueness to their language skills.

From the quirky and playful to the profound and philosophical, these words will captivate your imagination and leave you with a new appreciation for this lovely language. So, without further ado, let’s dive into quirky vocabulary used in the Punjabi culture and discover some truly unique Punjabi words!

English MeaningPunjabi WordRoman Transcription
How are you?/ What’s up?ਕਿੱਦਾਂKiddan
Fancy Punjabi girlਪਟੋਲਾPatola
Dashing, well-built Punjabi boyਗਬਰੂGabaroo
An aimless ride/driveਗੇੜੀGeri
An urgeਚੁਲChul
Small alleyਬੀਹBeeha
Water melonਹਦਵਾਣਾHadavaanaa
Extreme coldਕੱਕੜKakara
A stickਡੰਗੋਰੀḌagoree

Amusing Punjabi Phrases

Punjabi is a language that exudes joy and is known for its unique blend of humor and warmth. Punjabi folks love to express themselves in their special way, using colorful idioms, proverbs, and playful words. Some Punjabi slang words and phrases are so hilarious that you will die laughing once you learn in what context they are used. So, get ready for some fun, folks!

#1 Saanu Ki – What Is It To Us?

Written as ਸਾਨੂੰ ਕੀ (Saanu ki), this phrase is generally spoken after hours of many gossips, indicating ‘how it doesn’t matter to us.’

#2 Main Tere Chittar Maarne – I’ll Give You A Good Thrashing!

ਮੈਂ ਤੇਰੇ ਚਿੱਤਰ ਮਾਰਨੇ (Main tere chittar maarane) is a famous slang used by Punjabi moms across the globe to put their young ones in place, even after they’ve grown up into adults. The word chittar literally means a shoe or a slipper. Another variation used by Punjabi moms is: Chhittar na khaa jaai which translates to “beware or you’ll have it!”

#3 Khair Chaddo Hun Mitti Pao – Leave It!

Ḵẖair chhaḍo huṇ mitti pao (ਖ਼ੈਰ ਛੱਡੋ ਹੁਣ ਮਿੱਟੀ ਪਾਓ) has a similar context as Saanu Ki, though it is often spoken to conclude a meaningless discussion. For instance, when the older generation criticizes the younger ones for having a different lifestyle than theirs, which is something beyond their control. So, they crib about it and end it with these words.

unique Punjabi words

#4 Ki Raula Paya Ne – What A Noise!

Ki raula paya ne (ਕੀ ਰੌਲਾ ਪਾਇਆ ਨੇ) is often told to someone who behaves messy, or who makes a lot of noise, creates trouble, or whines a lot. The meaning of the word Raula is noise. Another way to say the same thing is Raula Pay Gaya, meaning ‘shit has hit the roof.’

#5 Main Tey Ungali Pharai Si – I Offered You A Little Help!

The complete sentence is Main te ungali pharai si tu te pauncha hi phar lita (ਮੈਂ ਤੇ ਉਂਗਲੀ ਫੜਾਈ ਸੀ ਤੂੰ ਤੇ ਪੌਂਚੇ ਹੀ ਫੜ ਲੀਤਾ). It means, ‘I had offered you my finger, but you grabbed my sleeve.’ The implication is that I offered you a little help, but you crossed the boundary and demanded more. The context is when someone tries to take undue advantage of your goodness.

#6 Aankhaan Ne Ke Tich Button – Do You Have Buttons Instead Of Eyes?

This one is my favorite that I regularly use to chid my sister! Akhaan ne ke ṭich button (ਅੱਖਾਂ ਨੇ ਕੇ ਟਿਚ ਬਟਨ) is a humorous way to tell someone to get their eyes checked when they are not able to spot something kept right before their eyes. Aankhaan means eyes, and tich buttons are tiny, brass snap buttons.

#7 Dur Phitey Muh – Go, Take A Walk

ਦੂਰ ਫਿਟੇ ਮੂੰਹ is pronounced as Dur phiṭey muh. This famous slang means ‘get lost, you idiot.’ The word Dur is a slang way of saying ‘far.’ People say it to someone when annoyed or slightly offended.

#8 Chal Hatt Pare – Go Away

Chal hatt pare (ਚਾਲ ਹਟ ਪਰੇ) is the ultimate answer to someone’s continuous blabbering. Dole it out to someone who just can’t stop irritating you with their nonstop chatter, or quit being annoying. This is the ultimate expression to shoo away someone.

unique Punjabi words

#9 Thand Rakh Yaar – Take A Chill Pill

This simple phrase, Ṭhanḍa rakh yaara (ਠੰਡ ਰੱਖ ਯਾਰ), is used to calm down someone or tell them to take a chill pill. In this context, the meaning of the word Thand is chill, while Yaar is the slang for the word dude.

#10 Hor Ki Chalda – What’s Up

Hor ki chalda (ਹੋਰ ਕੀ ਚਲਦਾ) is a very common sentence, meaning what’s up. It is a conversation starter starter, just like the term Kiddan.

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  1. Wonderful attempt ਬਹੂਤ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਹੋਈ ਦੇਖ ਕੇ… Just mind blowing… ਅੱਜਕਲ ਕਿੱਥੇ ਮਿਲਦੀ ਏਦਾਂ ਦੀ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ…

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