Linguists have suggested that the word Arebhashe means 'half-tongue,' from the Arebhashe word "a're" meaning "half" and bhashe, meaning "speech." Arebhashe pronunciation and accent are slightly distinct from Kannada.
Arebhashe is written in the Kannada script.The Arebhashe dialect is believed to have originated during the transformation of Hale Kannada to Hosa Kannada, and according to some historians[who?] the dialect may have diverged be five-hundred years ago.[better source needed]