Can You Guess the Meaning of These Deep Tagalog Words?

Derived from “Taga-ilog,” which literally means “from the river,” Tagalog is an Austronesian language belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian subfamily with outside influences from four centuries of colonial rule (Malay, Chinese, Spanish, and American English).


But over the years, Tagalog words were replaced or changed into easier and less complicated words (admitting the fact that there are unexplainable Tagalog words that even a Pinoy can’t understand) for us to communicate easily.


However, despite the complication in understanding some “old” Tagalog words, we are here to resurrect and share these interesting deep Tagalog words and their meaning. So, are you an expert in Tagalog words or not? Let’s find out!

  1. Balintatanaw




In English: Pupil (eyes)


Definition: A hole located in the center of the iris of the eye that allows light to strike the retina.


Use in a sentence: Ang balintataw ay isa sa bahagi ng ating mga mata.

  1. Durungawan




In English: Window


Definition: An opening in a wall, door, roof or vehicle that allows the passage of light, sound, and air.


Use in a sentence: Napaka-init!  Maari mo bang buksan ang durungawan nang pumasok ang hangin?

  1.  Pulot-gata




In English: Honeymoon


Definition: A vacation taken by newlyweds immediately after their wedding, to celebrate their marriage.


Use in a sentence: Saan ninyo balak mag pulot-gata pagkatapos ng kasal?

  1. Anluwage




English: Carpenter


Definition: A skilled trade and a craft in which the primary work for performed is the cutting, shaping, and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, etc.


Use in a sentence: Si Juan ay isang magaling na anluwage.

  1. Balintuna




In English: Unbelievable


Definition: Not able to be believed; unlikely to be true.


Use in a sentence: Balintuna nga, problema sa ngayon ang sobrang produksiyon ng kape.

  1. Pantablay




In English: Charger


Definition: A device used to put energy into a secondary cell or rechargeable battery by forcing an electric current through it.


Use in a sentence: Nawa’y hindi na masira ang bagong bili kong pantablay.

  1. Panghiso




In English: Toothbrush


Definition: An oral hygiene instrument used to clean the teeth, gums, and tongue.


Use in a sentence: Kada tatlong buwan mo dapat pinapalitan ang iyong panghiso.

  1. Awanggan




English: Infinity


Definition: A concept describing something without any bound, or something larger than any natural number.


Use in a sentence: Tandaan mo, hindi magbabago at awanggan ang pagmamahal ko sa’yo.

Samantha Baluyot

Sam joined Remit this 2018. She is a Journalism graduate who loves to see the world in different point of views. Her goal in writing is to inspire her readers to have a better perspective and to live a meaningful life. She may look aloof but she’s a very friendly and a happy-go-lucky person.


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