Kamus English


A – Kamus How Do You Say That

Abon ayam shredded chicken
Abon sapi shredded beef
Ada saja there is always a way to solve the problem
Ada-ada saja to expect the unexpected: there is always something new happening, no kidding, it is to be expected of you
Ada-ada saja, kamu only you would do such a thing, that’s just that’s just like you!
Aduh, amit-amit God forbid!
Ah bising, sana pergi! Go jump in a lake
Ah, lagian kamu sich because of you, look what happened
Ah, mo tau aja lu you ask too much
Aih nyang bener get outta here
Akal-akalan saja To do tricks, it is a scam
Aman safe
Ambil langkah seribu To run away from responsibility
Angin-anginan moody, temperamental
Angon sapi A cow herder, a cowboy
Antri To queue up, to stand in line
Apa boleh buat, nasi sudah menjadi bubur It is too late, there is nothing we can do now
Apa boleh buat, nasi telah menjadi bubur it is too late, the rice has turned into porridge, there is nothing we can do about it
Apa kabar slang: what’s up? Whazzup?
Apa yang akan terjadi, terjadilah kita akan siap mengadapinya come what may
Apapun nanti hasilnya whatever the results might be
Arisan money pool (only for Indonesians)

B – Kamus How Do You Say That

Bagai pinang dibelah dua an exact likeness, a spitting image
Bagaimana menyatakan rasa cinta I care a lot about you; I have fallen for you; I have feelings for you; You are the one …
Bagus, hebat, jempo Neato!
Belagu amat sih lu! you talk too much
Belepotan to be smeared
Belum-belum to be anxious of what is going to happen
Benar-benar, betul-betul to be madly, truly, deeply
Bengal, bandel stubborn, obstinate, hard headed
Berbisik to whisper
Berkenalan to introduce yourself to someone; Hi, my name is John. Pleased to meet you. (shaking hands), hi, I am Memet.
Berkhayal, mengkhayalkan to imagine
Berpacaran dating, going with someone, seeing someone
Berpangku tangan to be idle
Bersemangat untuk to really put an effort to do something
Bersila to sit cross legged on the floor
Bersin to sneeze
Bertekuk lutut to surrender
Bertolak pinggang to put hands on waist
Biarin let it be, leave it alone
Bicara ceplas-ceplos to say things openly/bluntly without restraint
Bisu, tuna wicara mute, speech impaired
Blak-blakan to say things openly/bluntly without restraint
Bodoh dum, stupid
Bodoh (umpatan) moron, imbecile (insults)
Bosen to be bored
Brengsek lu you are annoying
BS – bayar sendiri-sendiri to go Dutch (everyone pays their own meal)
BT – bete – butuh teman lonely, needing a friend
Budek lu did you hear what I said?
Budukan skin rash
Buka puasa the end of a fasting day
Bukan basa-basi not to be polite or anything

C – Kamus How Do You Say That

Cari muka to kiss up (brown-noser)
Cepek 100 in Chinese (in Indonesia)
Cespleng to be effective (like medicine)
Cinta buta love is blind
Cuci mata sight seeing, window shopping
Cuek does not care
Curhat heart-to-heart talk

D – Kamus How Do You Say That

Dasar kamu nich it is no surprise, it is expected of you
Dasar laki-laki mata keranjang a womanizer
Dasar rese! it is so annoying!
Dengan siapa ia berbicara tentang hal itu? with whom did he talk about it?
Dikitik-kitik to be tickled
Dilarang ada di sini tanpa tujuan no loitering
Dilarang buang sampah di sini no littering
Diobok-obok to be disturbed
Ditengarai to be considered as
Doyan to like, to be fond of
Duduk jegang to sit cross-legged, one leg on the other knee, or, one knee up while sitting on a chair, to sit hugging the knees
Dukun bola mascot


E – Kamus How Do You Say That

EGP – emangnye gua pikirin whatever – I do not care
Ekonomi ngos-ngosan economic slump
Ekspedisi expedition
Etika muslimah berpakaian Muslim women dress norm


G – Kamus How Do You Say That

Gadis impian, cewek idaman imaginary diva
Gaptek (gape teknologi) to be up to date with technology
Garing dry
Genit flirtatious
Gertak sambal his bark is louder than his bite
Giliran to take turns, next
Gitu aja kok repot don’t sweat the small stuff everything is small stuff, it’s a piece of cake, it’s so easy, there is nothing to it
Gokil crazy!
Gombal – rayuan gombal baloney
Gosong (memasak) burnt (a burnt toast)
Gotong-royong cooperation
GR to have self esteem
Gregetan to show strong emotion


H – Kamus How Do You Say That

Hakim anggota a member of a judge in a panel of judges, appointed for special occasion
Hal itu kiranya tidak pada tempatnya it is not proper
Hanyut to drown, drowning
Harkat, martabat, derajat honor
Hidung belang womanizer
Hidung meler runny, drippy nose
Hitam manis a good looking dark skinned person
Hutang budi an indebtedness, this cannot be repaid
Hutang emas to borrow materials, this can be repaid

I – Kamus How Do You Say That

Ih, nggemesin banget sich! aw, so cute (I want to crush you to pieces and eat you up!) usually said with much excitement
Ingin sekali to long for something

J – Kamus How Do You Say That

Jaim, jaga image, jaga gengsi to keep up with the Jones
Jangan kapok main ke sini ya? please come visit again
Jangan sok poetis deh kamu hey you, cut the silly nonsense!
Jatuh bangun to struggle very hard, to work real hard at something
Jayuz telling jokes that is not funny
Jebol collapse, such as a wall, a dam, or revamping of something such as penjebolan hukum kolonial – to end the colonial laws
Jegang to cross one’s legs
Jomblo someone who does not have a boyfriend or a girlfriend
Jumat malam Friday evening
Justru exactly, precisely

K – Kamus How Do You Say That

Kakak kelas one grade higher in school
Kambing hitam a scapegoat
Kangkung water cress
Kapok once bitten twice shy
Karena tak kenal maka tak cinta don’t knock it till you’ve tried it; to know you is to love you after all; grew to love
Kasih ibu sepanjang jalan, kasih anak sepanjang galah a mother’s love is forever, a child’s love is not so
Kasih saran ya please give advice, okay?
Kasihan deh lu poor thing, poor you
Kawin lari to elope
Kebangetan that is far out, that is unbelievable
Kebetulan sekali by sheer coincidence
Kecele I am sorry I thought you were someone else
Kekasih gelap secret lover
Kelihatannya sore ini akan hujan it looks like it is going to rain this afternoon
Kelompok cendekiawan think tank
Kena batunya (rasain) serves you right
Kepencut to be attracted
Keseleo kaki sprained ankle or foot
Keseleo lidah a slip of the tongue
Kesemutan one’s leg is asleep
Ketabrak mobil dari belakang to be rear ended
Ketar-ketir, dag-dig-dug to be fearful of something, apprehensive
Ketawanya jangan kepaksa dong please do not laugh if it is not funny
Kewalahan to have bitten more than one can chew
Kikuk awkward
Kode etik ethical code
Kongkalikong to be in cahoots to do a bad thing,to conspire
Kruel-kruel growling sound
Krupuk kulit chips, rind
Kualat cursed, damned
Kuda binal a wild horse
Kuper, kurang pergaulan very narrow minded due to lack of communication skills
Kutilan to have warts

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Lancang to step out of line
Lari seperti dikejar setan to run as if chased by a ghost
Laris to sell briskly, everyone is buying
Lengang quiet and deserted
Lenggang-lenggok to sashay across the cat walk
Lesehan to have a meal on a mat on the floor
Lesung pipit dimple (on cheek), cleft (on chin on men)
Lintah darat loan shark
Lu ada acara malam ini, nggak? are you free tonight? (between close friends, otherwise, it may be too impolite; better to say – when could you be with us? – and let them decide when)

M – Kamus How Do You Say That

Mabuk-mabukan, minum-minum to have a drinking party (alcohol)
Magang to intern, an intern
Mak comblang a match maker
Malam Jumat Thursday evening
Malu-malu kucing to be shy
Malu-maluin to bring shame
Mandi madu to have a honey bath (spa)
Manyun disappointed, and pouting
Mata duitan to love money
Mata keranjang roving eyes
Mau datang ke rumah hari Jumat? would you like to come over on Friday?
Mau menang sendiri to be controlling, to feel always right
Mau tau aja lu why are you so curious? what is it to you?
Melahirkan to give birth to
Melempem not crunchy or crispy anymore, unproductive
Meleng not paying attention on the road, to look sideways to be inattentive
Membatasi to curb
Memble having a bad mood, or needing a friend, or an old broken machine
Membuat janji, janjian to make an appointment
Memelet cowok, atau cewek to attract a guy or girl through magic spells
Mempan vulnerable
Mencurigakan a kind of sketchy part of town; a kind of sketchy guy
Mendamprat to scold
Mengecil to shrink
Menggigil to shiver due to cold weather
Menggondol to go away with the price
Menguap to yawn
Menjampi-jampi to use magic spells
Mensosialisasikan peraturan perusahaan kepada karyawan to practice company regulations to fit local workers’ condition such as cuti haid or leave for women who have their periods
Merecoki to fuss over, to bother
Mereka bisa, kenapa saya tidak bisa? if they can do it, why cannot I?
Merinding karena angker to be scared because of a ghost, a scary sound or apparition in a haunted to be spooked up
Merusak suasana a fly in the ointment
Mimpi kali yee! only in your dreams, dream on, it
Minggir dong watch out; move over!; excuse me!
Minta geser sedikit could you move over a little
Minta maaf atas kesalahan yang lumayan fatal please forgive me for a big mistake
Mo tau aja, lu you are just too curious
Mobil ini punya siapa? Whose car is this?
Mohon diri, mohon pamit to say goodbye

N – Kamus How Do You Say That

Naksir to have a crush on someone
Nasi rames steamed white rice with appropriate dishes: sayur lodeh, ayam goreng, pepes ikan, bergedel, krupuk udang,sambel bajak, sayur kare, emping mlinjo, semur ayam, acar campur
Ngacir to leave abruptly without saying goodbye
Ngalor-ngidul to be in disarray and no organization no consensus
Ngambek to sulk
Ngeres very sad
Ngeres a very sad, sob story, wrenching tale
Nggak gaptek unwilling to embrace new technology or move forwards, being backwards
Nggak juga sih not so much
Nggak suka not my cup of tea
Ngiler to drool or to want something real bad
Nglilir to stir up from sleep
Ngos-ngosan to be out of breath (from running)
Niat a strong determination to fast, strong will
Nirlaba non profit organization
Nongkrong to hang out, to sit around doing nothing
Norak against the common norms
Nungging to bend down, backside up


O – Kamus How Do You Say That

Obat ini mempan sekali, manjur this medicine is very effective
Oleh-oleh items brought over from a trip, or from a farm harvest
Onde-onde fried sesame ball
Ongkang-ongkang to relax, to sit back and do nothing
Otak udang stupid, small brains

P – Kamus How Do You Say That

Pamali taboo
Pandai bergaul good communication skills
Pantesan oh, no wonder
Parno abis very terrified (maybe a duplicate)
Parno abis deh very terrified, petrified with fear or worry
Patah hati broken hearted
PD – percaya diri self confidence
PD abis strong self confidence
PDKT – pendekatan saying nice things to someone like ‘you look nice today’ to get to know someone better
Pedagang asongan street peddler
Pedagang kaki lima >street vendor
Pemakaian kata who, whom dan whose, contoh-contohnya The man, whom I love and respect, is my father; Di sini ‘who’ bisa juga dipakai.; The woman, whose son is named Ali, is actually our neighbor.
Peminta-minta a beggar
Pendiam an introvert
Pengamen street musician
Pengejawantahan the appearance of
Pengemis a pan handler
Penggaruk a scraper, a rake, a scratcher
Pengin muntah to feel sick
Pengin sekali menang a killer instinct to win
Penyelundupan smuggling
Peribahasa proverb: the longest ourney begins with a single step
Perjaka ting-ting a virgin male
Perlengkapan bayi baby layette
Perpeloncoan hazing
Perut keroncongan growling stomach due to hunger
Pesantren an Islamic school and dormitory
Plesetan word games, a play on words, pun
Plin-plan wishy-washy
Polisi tidur street humps to prevent speeding cars
Psikiater a shrink, a psychiatrist
Puisi, syair, pantun poem, poetry, verse
Pulang kampung, mudik to go home to one’s hometown


R – Kamus How Do You Say That

Ragu-ragu to hesitate, to be in doubt
Randa kempling a young widow
Rasa kikuk, janggal like a fish out of the water
Rasain serves you right, you deserve it
Rem itu pakem (makan) very responsive brakes
Rese very annoying
Rindu to miss someone
Risih to feel uncomfortable


S – Kamus How Do You Say That

Sambal hot pepper sauce
Sambal-sambalan various kinds of hot pepper sauces
Sampaikan salam saya kepada please give my regards to …
Saya lagi nggak mood ngomong sama kamu I do not feel like talking to you right now
Sebagai seekor burung pungguk yang merindukan bulan to have very high expectations
Sebel not nice
Sehidup-semati till death do us part
Selamat Hari Raya Idulfitri Idulfitri mubarak, Happy Idulfitri
Selamatkan to save
Selamatkan bumi kita save our planet
Semau gue I will do as I please, whatever I like
Sensasi sensation, sensational
Senyuman maut a killer smile
Serak-serak basah throaty, hoarse, husky voice
Serigala berbulu domba wolf in sheep’s clothing
Setengah mati lingering between life and death or a very hard struggle
Sewot angry, to be cross, to be grouchy
Siapa yang bisa saya ajak bicara? with whom can I talk about it?
Siapa yang ketinggalan dompet di kelas? who left a wallet in the class room?
Simpan uang ini please save this money
Sinting crazy, nutty person
Sok arrogance
Sok jagoan, ugal-ugalan a hotshot
Sok kenal sok dekat (SKSD) someone who is too friendly after just being introduced
Sok tahu smart alleck, mr. know-it-all
Sop buntut oxtail soup
Suara serak-serak basah husky, throaty, hoarse voice
Sudah banyak makan asam garam an experienced person
Sujud to show respect and honor to the elders
Sumpah mati I swear to God, cross my heart and hope to die
Sunatan a circumcision
Syukur, untunglah thank goodness

T – Kamus How Do You Say That

Tabrak lari hit and run
Tabu taboo
Tak tunggu ngantek cengklungen to wait for a very long time
Tangan kiri left hand
Tanggal muda just got paid, pay day
Tanggal tua to be broke
Tedeng aling-aling camouflage, pretense
Tega-teganya so inhumane, heartless
Telur mata sapi fried egg, sunny side up
Teman saya dan saya my friend and I
Terapi therapy
Tergila-gila to be crazy over someone or something
Termakan isu to be swayed by an issue, to be strongly influenced by an issue
Terpojok dalam keadaan bahaya jeopardized, to be in jeopardy
Tersendat-sendat inconsistent, unstable, changeable
Terseok-seok to struggle when walking
Tertawa terpingkal-pingkal to laugh that evil laugh, to cackle
Tetek bengek a variety of items
Tidak apa-apa no big deal, it is okay, it is alright
Tidak mempan invulnerable
Tidur-tiduran lying around – to lounge around
Titip to ask someone to do you a favor such as to bring a letter from you to someone else
Tongpes (kantong kempes) to be flat broke
Tumben surprisingly;it is surprising that you come, that you called, that you contact us (something which has not been happening for a while)
Tumpang sari intercrop planting system
Tumpeng saffron rice served for special occasion
Tunggang-langgang to run as fast as you can, like a bat out of hell, run for your life; rough and tumble, haphazard


U – Kamus How Do You Say That

Uang anakan interest (payment)
Uang panas hot money, illegal money
Ugal-ugalan mischievous; very uncouth, no manner
Ujian sulit a killer exam
Ukuran size
Urunan to chip in, to contribute some money


W – Kamus How Do You Say That

wira-wiri to and fro


Y – Kamus How Do You Say That

Ya ampun oh my goodness

Z – Kamus How Do You Say That

Zakat alms (religious), tithe, offering

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