List of English words of Hindi or Urdu origin
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This is a list of English-language words of Hindi origin. Many of the Hindi and Urdu equivalents have originated from Sanskrit; see List of English words of Sanskrit origin. Many others are of Persian origin; see List of English words of Persian origin. Some of the latter are in turn of Arabic or Turkish origin. In some cases words have entered the English language by multiple routes - occasionally ending up with different meanings, spellings, or pronunciations, just as with words with European etymologies. Many entered English during the British Raj when many treated Hindi and Urdu as varieties of Hindustani. These borrowings, dating back to the colonial period, are often labeled as "Anglo-Indian".
- from bandhna (बांधना) to tie.
- from bāngṛī बांगड़ी, a type of bracelet.
- "Britain" (as a term of endearment among British troops stationed in Colonial India): from Hindi-Urdu vilāyatī (विलायती, ولايتى) "foreign", ultimately from Arabo-Persian ولايتى "provincial, regional".
- from बंगला banglA and Urdu بنگلہ banglA, literally, "(house) in the Bengal style".
- from cītā, चीता, meaning "variegated".
- from चिट्ठी Chitthi, a letter or note.
- from चटनी chatni, meaning "to crush"
- from Khāt, खाट, a portable bed.
- from Chokaath, Urdu, a door frame.
- from kamarband , cf. कमरबन्द - Urdu کمربند, meaning "waist binding" [ultimately from Persian کمربند]
- probably from khushi, cf. Hindi ख़ुशी - Urdu خوشی "easy, happy, soft" [ultimately from Persian]; but some sources prefer an origin from "cushion"
- from डकैत् Dakait, meaning a member of a class of criminals who engage in organized robbery and murder. Hence also dacoity (=banditry)
- (UK slang for 'a look') from देखो Dekho, the imperative 'look', (دیکھو देखो ) meaning look at or study something.
- from Dinghi, small boat, wherry-boat
- Heavy denim fabric, also referring to trousers made thereof, from Hindi डूंगरी (ḍūṅgrī, “coarse calico”), the name of a village.
- Garam masala
- from Hindi and Urdu गरम मसाला گرم مصالح garam masālā, literally "hot ( = spicy) mixture", from Persian گرم garm 'warm, hot' and Arabic مصالح maṣāliḥ 'benefits, requirements, ingredients'.
- from Hindi guru "teacher, priest," from Sanskrit गुरुः guruḥ "one to be honored, teacher," literally "heavy, weighty."
- A term which originally referred to a place where sporting events take place and referred to any of various meets at which contests were held to test the skill of the competitors. In English-speaking countries, a gymkhana refers to a multi-game equestrian event performed to display the training and talents of horses and their rider [-khānā from Pers. khānāh خانه "house, dwelling"]
- modification of Sanskrit jagannaath, from Jagannath (Puri), [India], where such cloth was first made.
- Jinnah cap
- after Pakistani statesman Muhammad Ali Jinnah died in 1948. A hat shaped like a fez but made of real or imitation karakul and worn by Pakistani Muslims on occasion. It is called a "Karakulli topi" (Topi meaning cap).
- Full-length trousers, worn for horseback riding, that are close-fitting below the knee and have reinforced patches on the inside of the leg. Named after Jodhpur , where similar garments are worn by Indian men as part of everyday dress.
- from Jagannath (Sanskrit: जगन्नाथ jagannātha), a form of Vishnu particularly worshipped at the Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha where during Rath Yatra festival thousands of devotees pull temple carts some 14m (45 feet) tall, weighing hundreds of tons through the streets. These carts seat three images of the deity, meant to be brothers for a 'stroll' outside after the ritual worship session. They are fed by thousands and thousands of worshipers with holy food, as if the icons were living. Early European visitors witnessed these festivals and returned with—possibly apocryphal—reports of religious fanatics committing suicide by throwing themselves under the wheels of the carts. So the word became a metaphor for something immense and unstoppable because of institutional or physical inertia; or impending catastrophe that is foreseeable yet virtually unavoidable because of such inertia.
- from जङल् jangal, another word for wilderness or forest.
- from खकि khākī "of dust colour, dusty, grey", cf. Hindi ख़ाकी - Urdu خاکی [ultimately from Persian].
- from Sanskrit, the result of a person's actions as well as the actions themselves. It is a term about the cycle of cause and effect.
- from LooT लूट, meaning 'steal'. Robbery
- from Multan, Pakistan: A kind of rug prevalent there.
- from Hindi and Urdu: An acknowledged leader in a field, from the Mughal rulers of India like Akbar and Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal.
- from Hindi and Sanskrit: A king.
- from Hindi and Sanskrit: a word or phrase used in meditation.
- (in Buddhism) a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth. It represents the final goal of Buddhism.
- Nehru jacket
- a kind of sleeveless jacket that worn buttoned up to neck - formal and often worn by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru
- from Hindi पश्मीना, Urdu پشمينه, ultimately from Persian پشمينه.
- from Hindi poori, from Sanskrit पुर (pura) or "cake".
- from Hindi and Urdu panch پانچ, meaning "five". The drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices. The original drink was named paantsch.
- from पण्डित Pandit, meaning a learned scholar or Priest.
- (UK slang: "genuine") from Pakkā पक्का,پکا cooked, ripe, solid.
- from Hindi, पैजामा (paijaamaa), meaning "leg garment", coined from Persian پاى "foot, leg" and جامه "garment" .
- from Hindi and Urdu रायता ریتا rayta. yogurt based dish, some add sliced/chopped/diced, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, pineapples, pomegranate or other salads to complement rice or roti meals.
- from Hindi and Urdu रॊटी روٹی roti "bread"; akin to Prakrit रॊट्ट rotta "rice flour", Sanskrit रोटिका rotika "kind of bread".
- from Thagi ठग, meaning "thief or con man".
- Toddy (also Hot toddy)
- from Tārī ताड़ी, juice of the palmyra palm.
- from Urdu طوفان toofaan. A cyclonic storm.
- from Hindi baramdaa बरामदा or another Indian language, but ultimately probably from Portuguese or Spanish.
- From Sanskrit term (योग) for ancient Hindu spiritual practices common in India that have become internationally popular.
- Glossary of the British Raj
- Indian English
- List of English words of Sanskrit origin
- Lists of English words of international origin
- Technical English words in Hindi
- Merriam-Webster Online - Bungalow
- "Cushy". Online Etymological Dictionary.
- "cushy". Dictionary.com., which says it is "Based on the Random House Dictionary"
- Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Garam Masaalaa
- "guru". Online Etymological Dictionary. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Jaconet
- Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Jinnah Cap
- Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Multan
- Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Poori
- Punch at the Online Etymology Dictionary
- Dictionary Meaning: Pajama; TheFreeDictionary; Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Encyclopedia
- Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Raita
- Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Roti
- "shampoo". dictionary.reference.com.
- Etymology Online - Typhoon
- veranda. OED. Oxford.
- Category: Hindi derivations in Wiktionary
- Etymology of Selected Words of Indian Language Origin in Colonial and Postcolonial Literary Dialogues