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chaat

\cha-aat\
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Definition

This is a unique word with multiple meanings that many students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, would probably be familiar with, especially if they were around in the 80's. Its uniqueness lies in its ability to mean several things at the same time and its fluid two-way transition from verb and noun. It can mean an interesting person, with the capability to entertain or amuse others, or a complete bore, depending on the situation. It could also mean to overpower someone in a debate or to bore people to death.

Usage

You can pull someone’s leg by saying (in Hindi),“Sahi chaat diya, boss!
Added 2012-02-08 by BBM2012

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Categories

School and College

Terms referencing this

batata, Food court, arbi, thattukada, paani, Pani Puri
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