27 Surprisingly Cool Filipino Words You've Never Heard Of

Do you know that there's a Tagalog word for charger?

Just like the ever-changing world, our vocabulary is also evolving, constantly growing and shifting the landscape of communication. Now, aside from the words written in our trusty old dictionary, there are also some English words which have existed for a very long time, which we didn't even expect to have Filipino translations.

Now, thanks to the internet, we have access to such vocabulary without having to visit the library or open a book (but please, visit the library or open any book when you have time).

Let's take a look at some of the most unusually cool Filipino words that we found online. Take note and impress that girl with your newfound eloquence!

1| Anluwage
In English: Carpenter
Definition: A worker who builds or repairs wooden structures or their structural parts.
Use in a sentence: Ang tatay ni Michael ay isang anluwage.

2| Awanggan
In English: Infinity
Definition: Unlimited extent of time, space, or quantity.
Use in a sentence: Ang pagmamahal ko sa'yo ay hindi magbabago at awanggan.

3| Balintataw
In English: Pupil (eyes)
Definition: The contractile aperture in the iris of the eye.
Use in a sentence: Sa balintataw lamang ng mga mata nakapapasok ang liwanag ng araw at hindi sa buong mata.

4| Balintuna
In English: Unbelievable
Definition: Of such a superlative degree as to be hard to believe.
Use in a sentence: Balintuna man, may mga bagay talaga na di maipaliwanag ng siyensya.

5| Bilnuran
In English: Arithmetic
Definition: A branch of mathematics that deals usually with the nonnegative real numbers including sometimes the transfinite cardinals and with the application of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to them.
Use in a sentence: Isa ang bilnuran sa mga subject na iniiwasan ng mga estudyante noong araw.


6| Di Mahapayang-Gatang
In English: Grumpy Woman
Definition: A moodily cross woman.
Use in a sentence: Mahirap magkagusto sa isang di mahapayang-gatang.


7| Durungawan
In English: Window
Definition: An opening especially in the wall of a building for admission of light and air that is usually closed by casements or sashes containing transparent material (such as glass) and capable of being opened and shut.
Use in a sentence: Huwag mong kalimutang linisin ang ating mga durungawan pagkatapos mo punasan ang sahig sa sala.

8| Duyog
In English: Eclipse
Definition: The total or partial obscuring of one celestial body by another.
Use in a sentence: Nakita mo ba ang nangyaring duyog nung isang araw?

9| Hatinig
In English: Telephone
Definition: An instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance.
Use in a sentence: Sagutin mo ang hatinig, may tumatawag!

10| Hidhid
In English: Selfish person
Definition: A concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself.
Use in a sentence: Masyado siyang hidhid; di niya na iniisip ang nararamdaman ng nakararami.

11| Himaton
In English: Clue
Definition: A piece of evidence that leads one toward the solution of a problem.
Use in a sentence: Bigyan mo naman ako ng himaton, di ko mahulaan ang sinasabi mo.

12| Kabtol
In English: Switch
Definition: An exchange or a swap, especially one done secretly.
Use in a sentence: Nag kabtol kami ng mga impormasyon kagabi.


13| Kagaw
In English: Germs
Definition: A small mass of living substance capable of developing into an organism or one of its parts.
Use in a sentence: Wag mong isubo ang nalaglag na pagkain, marami ng kagaw iyan!

14| Kartamuneta
In English: Walle
Definition: A folding pocketbook with compartments for personal papers and usually unfolded paper money.
Use in a sentence: Nakalimutan ni Angelo ang kanyang kartamuneta sa sinakyan niyang taxi.

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15| Kawingan
In English: Hyperlink
Definition: An electronic link providing direct access from one distinctively marked place in a hypertext or hypermedia document to another in the same or a different document.
Use in a sentence: Pindutin mo ang kawingan para makapunta ka sa susunod na pahina.

16| Lantay
In English: Pure
Definition: Free from moral fault or guilt.
Use in a sentence: Si Maria ay napakalantay.

17| Miktinig
In English: Microphone
Definition: An instrument whereby sound waves are caused to generate or modulate an electric current usually for the purpose of transmitting or recording sound (such as speech or music).
Use in a sentence: Ang mga mang-aawit ay gumagamit ng miktinig para lumakas ang kanilang mga boses.

18| Palautatan
In English: Statistics
Definition: A branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of masses of numerical data.
Use in a sentence: Walang palautatan kung ilang kabataan ang lulong sa droga.


19| Panghibayo
In English: Amplifier
Definition: An electronic device (as in a stereo system) for amplifying voltage, current, or power.
Use in a sentence: Nilaksan ni Martin ang panghibayo upang marinig ng karamihan ang musika.

20| Pang-ulong hatinig
In English: Headset
Definition: An attachment for holding an earphone and transmitter at one's head.
Use in a sentence: Pwede kang makinig ng musika gamit ang pang-ulong hatinig para di maka-istorbo sa iyong mga katabi.

21| Panghiso
In English: Toothbrush
Definition: A brush for cleaning the teeth.
Use in a sentence: Bumili si Karl ng soft-bristled na panghiso.

22| Panginain
In English: Browser
Definition: A computer program used for accessing sites or information on a network (such as the World Wide Web).
Use in a sentence: Ang gamit niya na panginain ay Google Chrome.


23| Pantablay
In English: Charger
Definition: A device for charging storage batteries.
Use in a sentence: Alisin mo sa saksakan ang pantablay pagkatapos mo gamitin.

24| Pook-sapot
In English: Website
Definition: A group of World Wide Web pages usually containing hyperlinks to each other and made available online by an individual, company, educational institution, government, or organization.
Use in a sentence: Ang ay isang halimbawa ng pook-sapot.


25| Pulot-gata
In English: Honeymoon
Definition: A period of harmony immediately following marriage.
Use in a sentence: Kumusta ang inyong pulot-gata na nangyari sa ibang bansa?

26| Salipapaw
In English: Airplane
Definition: A powered heavier-than-air aircraft with fixed wings from which it derives most of its lift.
Use in a sentence: Nakasakay ka na ba sa salipapaw?

27| Sulatroniko
In English: E-mail
Definition: A means or system for transmitting messages electronically (as between computers on a network).
Use in a sentence: Magpadala ka ng sulatroniko sa lahat upang ipahayag ang pagbabago sa kompanya.

All definitions from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

Online References:W3DictionaryIsang Talaan ng mga Puristang Tagalog, Felipeaira - Special Force, Tagalog Lang, English - Tagalog Dictionary, Rare Tagalog Words You Use, Old Skool Words,, and Yeepee â Tagalog Dictionary.

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