List of English words of Romani origin

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These are words in the English language which come from Romani.


  • Chav - a member of a youth subculture (from cha = "child")[1]
  • drag - to wear clothing carrying symbolic significance commonly associated with the opposite gender (possibly from indraka = "dress")
  • Pal - a friend, from the Romani word "phral", meaning brother
  • Gadjo or Gadjie - a non-Romani
  • Lollipop - a type of candy, from the Romani "loli phabai", meaning red apple
  • Romanipen - the spirit of being Romani, "Romani-ness"
  • Shiv - an improvised knife or similar weapon (possibly from chivomengro = "knife")[2]

See also[edit]

  • Polari - slang used by several British subcultures, which includes numerous terms from Romani

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK | 'Asbo' and 'chav' make dictionary". BBC News. 8 June 2005. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  2. ^ Johns Hopkins University; JSTOR (Organization) (1934). Modern Language Notes 49. Johns Hopkins Press. p. 99. Retrieved 9 December 2011.