‘Tapori’ Mumbai slang words you must know if you are new to Mumbai.

‘Tapori’ Mumbai slang words you must know if you are new to Mumbai.


E dil hai aasan jeena yaha.. suno mister, suno bandhu, ye hai bombay meri jaan

YES, it is absolutely easy to live in Mumbai if you understand our tapori language. One of my non-mumbaikar friend asked me ‘tapri pe mil matlab kaha pe?’ so this few bambaiyyaa words for my all those non-mumbaikar friends who are now a part of this mumbai-family. And of-course my mumbaikar public already know all this words. so here it goes-


Public is nothing but a group of people or friends. This is most common word mumbaikar use to refer gang of close friends.



‘Bantai or Bhai’ simply means a brother or a friend. Bantai is mostly used for close friends but guys call each and every guy friend ‘Bhai’. No need to know his name, Bhai is enough. For e.g. Kya Bantai? Or Bhai kidhar? (how are you brother?) ๐Ÿ˜€



Well, as Google says item means an object or a thing. But according to mumbaikars, item is a pretty hot and beautiful girl.
For e.g. Bhai, Item dekh. (bro, look at that girl)



Normally ‘Ghanta’ means a bell of a temple or a school but in mumbai it has different meanings like if you want to say LOL or a BIG NO then you can say ‘Ghanta’ instead of saying simple No.

For e.g. Person 1- are you done with your work/studies?
Person 2 ?GHANTAAA..!!!



‘Pandu’ is a nick name given to Police officers by all mumbaikars. Even all police officers knows their nick name now, (For. e.g. udhar se mat re, Pandu log rehte hai). but they don’t mind being called Pandu, because no matter what..we give nick names only to those people whom we love..no? ;D #respect though ๐Ÿ™‚

mumbai police


In simple Hindi language ‘Maa-behen’ means Mother and sister. But in mumbai we use this words to show anger or to abuse people.
It is a way of saying ‘I am disturbed- dimag ki maa behen ho gayi hai‘. It is simply means a person is angry or disturbed.

dimag ki

Chindhi, Bhendi/ Khajoor Saala.

Chindhi actually means a useless piece of cloth ,bhendi means a ladies’ fingers vegetable and khajoor means ‘date palm fruit’ and ‘Saala‘ means brother-in-law in Hindi/Marathi language.
But in mumbai, it is a way of saying someone ‘nonsense’ or ‘Dumb’. Its like we don’t need any ‘dictionary meanings’ to call someone dumb.


Chamdi/ Tharki

No, there is no exact explanation for this word, because ‘chamdi’ actually means skin but mumbai people knows where to use it and for whom to use it. It is specially used for the guy who always talks and stalk everything about girls.



Tapri simply means roadside small shop selling tobacco, cigarettes or a tea stall. (gareeb logonka ‘smoking zone’ :p )

paan shop


Mumbaikar use this word to a person who act as a extra smart. There is a little bit sarcasm in this word.
For e.g Jyada shaana mat ban. (don’t be oversmart.) :/



Parvadable is a desi broken english word mumbaikar often use for the things or stuff which are cheap priced and easy to buy.



This one is the most common word used by mumbaikars , Apun simply means ‘I, me and myself’ B)

me myself

Kalti maar/ kat le or vatakle

All this three words has same meaning i.e. GET LOST or GET OUT. ๐Ÿ˜€


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Maaldar is word especially used for the rich people. ๐Ÿ˜€

rich funsack

Chya maari!!!

Chya maari is the bambaiiyyaa version of ‘WTF’.


Le bhari/Fatte/fultoo/sahi

This simply means ‘superb’ or ‘awesome’.

bhari funsack

Karjat kasara

Basically, this are the different route railway stations refer to the person having eyes that look in different directions.

funsack 1

there are many more words like-

Khopcha– a corner.

Chappan tikli– A person with lots of pimples on his/her face.

Bahadur/Thapa– A watchmen or security guard usually from Nepal or east India.

Khaali-pili– For no reason. Like, khaali pili dimag ka dahi mat kar – don’t irritate/disturb me for no reason.

Chapti- A miniature (small bottle) ofย alcoholic beverage.

and this sentences which mumbaikar use in their day-to-days life-

Dimag ka dahi mat kar (Literally means making curd of the brain),Dimag ko shot mat de./Dimag ki maa-behen mat kar. – 3 of this sentences simply means don’t disturb or irritate me.

Aaichya gaavat – LOL, I don’t know how to translate this one, if anyone would like to explain, please comment below. ๐Ÿ˜€


Did I missed something? Comment below and let everyone know your favorite ‘Mumbai slang’ or the word you often use in your conversation.



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