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HMT

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HMT: Half Motte Tale- a mishmash of English and Kannada and a classic example of Kanglish- transliterates to half bald head; someone who's 'half bald' as opposed to 'Full Motte Tale' - someone who's fully bald!

Usage

Sudhir's an HMT; that's why he wears a hairpiece nowadays.
Added 2011-07-07 by Dinchak Bulbul

Root

Kannada

Region

Karnataka

Related Terms

Motte Tale

Terms referencing this

STBF, atockmatik

Definition 2 of 4

HMT

\H-M-T\
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Hindi Medium Type = HMT

People who have cheap personality and mentality... Generally used by students from convent schools.

Usage

Susan : to Tina - What do think about Rohan.
Tina: Rohan? .. bikul HMT haii.. ;-( , Kapde dekhe ..Govinda Chap..
Added 2011-10-11 by Rss

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

People

Related Terms

Gawar, Cheap

Terms referencing this

STBF, atockmatik

Definition 3 of 4

HMT

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Hegal Mel Towelu. A Kannada expression.
Its expansion is " Hegal or Hegalu=shoulder, Mel or Mele= atop, Towel(u)=Towel.
This version of HMT means a villager or a peasant, alluding to the fact that a villager in Karnataka is always seen and mentally visualized as having a towel thrown over his shoulder all the time.
If you act like a pagan, people will call you " Ley, HMT"

Incidentally and as always, slang-acronyms- this one included, are re-engineered forms of another well known acronym. In this case that well known acronym parodied was: HMT that stood for Hindustan Machine Tools, Bangalore, Pinjore, Kalmassery, Hyderabad, Srinagar etc.a mammoth of a public sector that made Machine tools, Watches, Bulbs, Bearings and more. It was highly regarded and economically successful for several decades until all pervading corruption, mismanagement, economic liberalization, extreme trade unionism and obsolescence brought it down just like many more great public sectors of the country.
This original HMT deserves our salute for producing a few generations of excellent engineers and technicians that have propelled manufacturing technology in India.

Usage

Ramswamy to the laid off HMT worker who went back to farming: Yeno Kariya, HMT bittamele HMT aagbittey!?
( What's the matter Kariya? You became an HMT after leaving HMT!?
Added 2011-08-14 by I love Dtool

Root

Kannada

Categories

People

Related Terms

Halli guggu

Terms referencing this

STBF, atockmatik

Definition 4 of 4

HMT

\hechh emm tee\
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Heavy Milk Tank.

The side joke of course is that HMT is the World Famous in India watch brand.

Usage

Guru: "I say, how are you getting along with that... er... who is it, Srilatha?"
Swamy: "HMT kanno, aaaall is forgiven"
Guru: "Aicchhhhh! Timeless piece ah!"
Added 2012-11-30 by Studmuffin

Root

English

Region

All India

Related Terms

STBF

Terms referencing this

STBF, atockmatik