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Noun. July 4, 2011, Word of the Day
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While it refers to any person from the Maharashtrian (and Goan) community, it has come to be used as a derogatory term for a more crass, uncultured country bumpkin from the same region. Literally speaking, the term refers to a person from the Ghats (Sahayadri Ghats; a Ghaat is a hilly area). Not your usual suave SoBo that haunts the sports bar in Colaba. If he shows up at an art gallery, it is possible that vandalism may not be out of the question. Unless of course, the artist in question is a certain Mr. Thackeray.

Likely to call it Mumbai and glare at you for using the prior Anglicized name instead. Also see, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) vs. Victoria Terminus (VT) debate. Proud owner of the vada pav stall by the road. Equally proud member of the local Mitra Mandal. Unlikely to be friends with them Tamizh people from Matunga or the Bhaiyas from Virar.

Identified by his/her quintessential choice of Vermilion for the pop of color. White trousers and corresponding head-gear often complete the look. Safari suit for those with money in the co-operative bank. Inspired by the Angry Young Man, he will break into a fight at short notice. Lest one were to misconstrue him as boring, he will also break into a tapori jog in the middle of the streets, bringing traffic to a halt. All communication shall compulsarily end with the greeting "Jai Maharashtra!"

Usage

Senthil: "What ra? Why you push? This is local, not kabbadi ground"
Tukaram: "This general compartment. If you no wan't push, go first class. Aayla!"
Mani: "Chill Senthil. He will get off at Dadar. Bloody Ghaati!"
Tukaram: "Who you call Ghaati? Bloody Madrasi, you go back your Madras. This iz Mumbai! Tambi saala!"
Added 2011-07-01 by Nfyniti

Root

Marathi

Region

Maharashtra

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

SoBo

Definition 2 of 3

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Literally meaning from the Deccan Ghats. There are two usages. 1) A person who is from the Ghats- a Maharashtrian. 2) A slightly derogatory term for someone who lacks class.

Usage

1) "Is she a Dig?" "No no, a Ghaati"
2) "This club is losing its spunk. Just look at all those Ghaatis around, uff!"
Added 2011-06-21 by Styloo

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ghaati

\ghaa-tee\
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Derogatory term for 'Maharashtrian'. Literally means 'Hailing from the ghaats (hills)'. Dangerous to use in all Maharashtra!

Usage

I just hate ghaatis man.
Idiot shut up we are in Pune with ghaatis all around!
Added 2011-08-09 by Motorhead

Root

Hindi

Region

Mumbai

Related Terms

ghaati, Gulti, Bong, chom, Mallu, Maddu