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Adjective.
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Definition

A social outcast. Comes from the word Parai which in Tamil referred to a type of large drum designed to announce the king’s notices to the public. The people who made a living using the parai were called paraiyar; in the caste-ridden society they were in the lower strata, hence the derisive paraiah and pariah. Now the term is used to describe an outcast in English.

Usage

His repeated eve-teasing, dadagiri and loud Kussuu noises at dinner made him a pariah in his community.
Added 2012-07-26 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Tamil

Region

All India

Related Terms

Opariah Winfrey

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*Phrage*
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Noun.
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Definition

Universally recognized as Pariah.

Today we use it to describe people who are really uncouth and socially inappropriate.

It's origins? Tamil! (paṟaiyar, plural of paṟaiyan) which literally means drummer (from a hereditary duty of the caste), derivative of paṟai, a festival drum.

Over the years it has found its way into the English dictionary and somehow the pronunciation has changed.

But us indians, we keep it real!

Usage

Mother: Joe, did you wash your hands after playing with the dog?
(Joe goes red with guilt)
Mother: Go and wash them you bloody pariyer!
Added 2012-01-11 by BhendhiBabe

Region

South India

Categories

People

Related Terms

jungli

parikini

\pari-ki-Ni \
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Definition

pari is an angel in Urdu/Farsi and this pattu langa called parikiNi which every Telugu gurrl has to don at some point in her childhood makes yevry amma nanna proud by looking just like an yangel in her long silk skirts. cho chweet kada! parikiNi has always to be accompanied by bangaram. Without bangarams what people will think I say, so-and-so cannot afford Gold bangles, ear-rings, necklace, arm-bands, waist-bands, anklets, hair-pieces and such small-small things for his wonly louly daater? No, no. I will beg, borrow, steal, go to US, get a Green Card, whatever anDi, my daater must wear bangaram with parikini. Got it aa? gooddu.

Usage

Grand-daughter to Grandfather: Thaathayya, ela unnanu?
(how do i look?)
Grandfather: Bhallay Bhallay, you look louly in that paatu pavada thalli....go, go remove dishTi, evil eye will catch you!
Added 2011-07-18 by korivikaram

Root

Telugu

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

Jeans-pants, langa-oNi