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Exclamation.
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Definition

Used when the situation has become enormously interesting or problematic.

Usage

Sceeennnn !!!!!
The police just caught him for drunk driving when he stood up on his bike.!!
Added 2013-07-09 by DespoD

Root

Malayalam

Region

Kochi, Kerala

Terms referencing this

Scene podify, Freak, adumko
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sami

\saa-me\
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Noun.
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Definition

the default name assumed by all pilgrims who decide on going on a pilgrimage to Sabarimalai. In the period of abstinence leading to the journey, they abstain from all the habits, wear black lungis and beads, walk bare-feet, saffron on their foreheads and no one dare call them anything but sami! They also call others sami, sometimes. It really gets confusing with 2 or 3 of these guys around.

Once the pilgrimage is done, everything is reset, sins are forgiven and it's party time!

Usage

pious dude: Hey what da Suraj, lost your shoes eh?
Suraj: No Sami, I'm going to sabarimalai with my dad..
pious dude: oh, sorry sami. forgive me. So Sami, you are not going to come for the party this evening?
Sami: No Sami, no parties for another month.
pious dude: OK sami, I understand.
Added 2012-02-16 by sykil

Root

Tamil

Region

South India

Related Terms

Mendicant, Saami padam, Spiritual
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Adjective.
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Definition

Half.
Usually the term is a prefix.
In the subcontinent and beyond if the term Semi is a stand alone utterance, it means you know what. Semi-crack.

There is an arithmetical paradox here. The paradox makes half more than half. This is how it is:

More than half of all people think that they are not semis. But each of these people who claim not to be semis calls more than half of the rest of humanity as semi. So, the net sum of semis could be anywhere between 50% to 100% making semis not semi.

That leads to this contributor's definition of 'Normal' - as consistency found in looking at the overlap upon overlap of what in isolation would be 'abnormal'.
You look perfectly normal in the stands of the cricket stadium, but once on the bar-stool you are not full no matter what and how much you fill.

Usage

Often to indicate a semi, people have a repertoire of terms like 'ardha', 'aadha', 'paadi'(Tam) 'arey'(Kan) and 'half'.

Which one would you love to be called?

Added 2012-01-11 by I love Dtool

Root

Multiple

Region

All India

Categories

School and College

Related Terms

Pythiakara, kirrk, full loose
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Noun. August 17, 2012, Word of the Day
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Definition

1. Sneeze
2. Scene
3. Seen.
4. Sreenivas and Srinivas

Usage

1. Moogalli soLLey hoythu.( A musquito got into my nostril)
Seenu, horag baruththey. ( Sneeze, it will come out)

2. Bajaari Bhagyalakshmi Bike inda Biddlu. Sakkath aagithuu seenu. (The shrew Bhagyalakshmi, fell off the bike. The scene was fantastic)

3.Ye Veka, Naanu aidu Blindu, neen aadu.(Hey Venka, I am playing blind, it's your turn to play)
Keshi, Naanu Seenu. Hathth rupaayee. ( Keshi, I am playing seen, Ten bucks.)

4. Lo, Seenu, saaku kaNlaa YeNNe. ( Hey, Srinivas, that's enough of a drink.)

Added 2012-01-05 by I love Dtool
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Noun.
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Definition

Good looking gal. Beautiful. Pretty.

In Punjab this adjective is used only for women who have the following physical attributes :

1. Fair skin
2. Fair skin
3. Even more fair skin(oh ji, white skin is besht!)
4. Sharp facial features, e.g. a long pointy nose, high cheekbones
5. Good Height - must be tall (more than 5 feet 6 inches in height)
6. Good figure - must be slim-shim (less than 55 kg in weight, but more than 50kg)
7. With long, STRAIGHT black hair (curly/wavy hair not acceptable)

Now you know why they all like the highly talented and indispensable Katrina Kaif so much.

Usage

*Standard advice given to all Punju girls by meddling aunties*

Je roz Fair and Lovely lagavegi, te khub sohni lagegi.

If you put Fair and Lovely everyday, you'll look very beautiful.

Added 2011-11-10 by Surdie Birdie

Sen

\Pronounced as sen only.\
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Noun.
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Definition

Refers to 'Saint'

Usage

Bonda,"I want to go for the Sen.Josephs kaalage fesht ra, many hot bays and gurls will be there."
Added 2011-10-26 by Kakkus

Root

Kannada

Region

All India

Definition

Pronounced 'see-may' the also Kannada term means frontier, border, province,land, foreign-land, overseas etc. basically pointing to geographical space. Comes from the
Sanskrit(and Hindi) term 'seema'.

Seeme is most frequently used as a prefix in Kannada to usually denote things foreign.

Usage

Seemegillada Sundari = Outlandishly Beautiful(sarcasm).
Seeme Yenne = foreign oil-kerosene.
Seeme Hasu = foreign cow-Jersey/Danish/Sindhi cow.
Seeme Sunna= foreign lime- chalk piece- piece of chalk.
Seeme Gobbara= foreign manure- modern fertilizer.
Seeme Badaney kayi= foreign brinjal (no resemblesce to any brinjal or egg-plant actually) Chayote(Eng), chow chow(Hindi) a bulb shaped gourd.
Added 2011-10-01 by I love Dtool

Root

Kannada

Region

Karnataka

Categories

Places

Saani

\saa-ni(the periya ni)\
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Noun.
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Definition

bull shit, cow shit, buffalo shit and shit of other bigger vegetarian(not necessarily) mammals like Elephant etc.

That dark green color thing that you step on while walking on the road and wipe it off your chappals on the footpath stone etc.

Cow saani is used for auspicious purposes like mixing it with water and washing house entrance. Also dry saani is burnt for manufacturing the holy vibhoothi

Also kosu baththis like Tortoise are made from saani.

Usage

Muthu: Dei Saravana. I smell saani! See if it is sticking to your chappals.

Saravana: Ada aama! I stepped on it outside my house. I thought I wiped it clean. Karumam da! It is still sticking there.

Added 2011-09-27 by Ulsoor Kichcha

Root

Tamil

Region

Tamil Nadu

sums

\how else, but "sums"?\
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Noun.
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Definition

The grave tome of mathematics that all school boys and girls pale at, known by its author rather than by its title, O P Malhotra, is designed to set 40 "sums" as homework. So about 5 exemplar "sums" are worked out at the beginning of the chapter, and 50 more are set as exercises. No maths teacher worth her/his salt will deviate from this subliminal suggestion by the math-god, (who labels all his triangles OPM, after himself!)

Usage

Zebbie: I wanted to watch doordarshan last night, but I had 20 sums to do, macha.
Santhosh: I watched doordarshan only. I changed the page number of yesterday's homework sums to today's, macha. So clever, no?
Added 2011-09-24 by Bombat Iyer Mami

sumne

\summ nay\
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Exclamation.
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Definition

for no real reason

Usage

why do you want to go to brigades?
sumne
Added 2011-09-21 by Cyanide

Root

Kannada

Region

Karnataka

Related Terms

simbly, chumma

Terms referencing this

Plaite

SNM

\SNM\
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Noun. March 28, 2013, Word of the Day
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Definition

SNM is an acronym for Software Nana Maga. Used by locals in certian parts of Bangalore who resent the affluence of Software Professionals and their high spending habits.

Usage

Avanu SNM, Nodu henge kaas karch madtanne. ( He is a software professional. See how he spends money)
Added 2011-09-15 by Cyanide

Root

Kannada

Region

Bangalore

Shaaney

\shaa ney\
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Noun.
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Definition

Someone being too smart.

Usage

Ay shaaney, subey se koi nahi mila kya?
Added 2011-09-09 by Bimawala

Definition

Zero (in kannada), a not-so-popular number on a duffers marks card]

Usage

father to son: Aye duffer! again you got a sonne in maths? time and again I've told you not to mix with that useless fellow Porkipaya, but who listens? See the result now!
Added 2011-09-01 by sykil

Root

Kannada

Region

karnataka

Terms referencing this

no shame or what?
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Adjective.
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Definition

applies to someone who is showing off.

Usage

If a guy had a Cielo in 1995 and he would drive it to pick up his morning paper........there would be someone sure to say,
"Bahut shining kar raha hai banda"
Added 2011-08-19 by the gorkha

Root

English

Region

Maharashtra

Categories

WALTO
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Noun.
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Definition

A naughty yet clever or "smart fellow". Usually used by women to describe a man that's a flirt and likes to charm the women with his charming words but doesn't have much else to offer.

Usage

Sheetal: "Heeeeyyy, that Arun is a real shaana, okay! Don't believe his crap. He's putting line for two three girls."
Added 2011-08-06 by Richmond Raja

Root

Hindi

Region

Bombay

Related Terms

Shani, line maarofying

snow

\snow\
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Noun.
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Definition

loose term for face cream that supposedly make you "fairer". It was common to use powder on top of the snow (both genders) to add to the macau-like fairness. perhaps "snow" was a brandname once upon a time.

Usage

Rama, bring the snow dubba from the DT please. And also the powder and puff.
Added 2011-07-25 by sykil

Root

English

Region

South India

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

puff, powder, DT

Terms referencing this

powder, DT

semma

\sem-ma\
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Adjective.
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Definition

Very

(Note can also be an adverb)

Usage

Interesting duality with both meanings of the word hot:

Semma hot macha (very hot dude)

Semma kaaram da (very spicy(hot) dude)

Added 2011-07-19 by thewanderingv

Root

Tamil

Region

Tamilnadu

Categories

WALTO

Terms referencing this

Orey the + adjective
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Noun.
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Definition

The word that our Anglo Saxon counterparts invented and proudly included in the oxford dictionary simply to mean "creating a ruckus". We locals however have modified the word to be able to fit it in.. well.. anywhere

Usage

Anglo Saxon usage: Oh bloody hell the man is really making a scene innit?

Namma usage: Bugger whats the scene da?
Eh look at that scene da.. shes too hot no?
This is my scene okay.. dont keep kai.

Added 2011-07-08 by iyer item

Root

English

Region

Al India

Categories

WALTO

Terms referencing this

Scene podify, Freak, adumko
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Noun.
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Definition

slang for samosas. usually used around super greasy, onion and pea filled mozi samosas sold at tea shops around auto stands.

Usage

David, can you run to the corner shaap and get 4 sams? I've kept 2 rupees on the fridge see.
Added 2011-07-07 by sykil

Root

English

Region

bangalore

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

bonda
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Noun.
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Definition

Steamed rice dumpling fermented with yeast or with toddy eaten generally with sorpotel

Usage

The sannas was light and fluffy; delicious
Added 2011-07-06 by Christine

Root

Konkani

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

sorpatel, mangy

Terms referencing this

Dukra mass, dukhra mass, porthappan, lithau, sorpotel
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Noun.
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Definition

Literally means "Saturn." In Hindu mythology, Shani is known as the greatest trouble giver as well as the greatest well wisher. He is depicted dark in colour, clothed in black; holding a sword, arrows and two daggers and variously mounted on a black crow. To call someone Shani however is to call them the bearer of bad luck/destructive tendencies.

Usage

Daughter (spilling curd rice) on the floor
Mother: Shani!
Added 2011-06-22 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Kannada

Region

Karnataka

Related Terms

gube

Terms referencing this

shaniyan, Shaana, Shanda