Learn ‘Khadi Boli’-The Rich Local Dialect of Western U.P. -1

Khadi Boli (Kauravi)

Late Chaudhary Shri Mahendra Singh Tikait from Muzaffarnagar, UP-The Respected Leader of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Bhakiyu), lovingly known as ‘Babba Tikait’.


Khadi Boli, also known as ‘Kauravi’ is the local dialect spoken mainly in the Western part of UP, some parts of Uttarakhand and also in some parts of Haryana.

In Western UP, it’s spread across Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Baghpat, Meerut, Ghaziabad and surrounding areas.

I belong to a village named ‘Yahiyapur’ in Muzaffarnagar district, Western UP. I’d given PD (Personality Development) classes in Subharti University, Meerut and had noticed that many students feel ashamed of their language (Khadi Boli) because some ‘so-called-civilized- people’ have are of opinion that they sound uncivilized and arrogant.

Well, I choose to disagree. One can progress only if he take pride in his  language.

Shri Bhartendu Harishchandra had stated it so succinctly.

निज भाषा उन्नति अहै, सब भाषा को मूल
बिन निज भाषा ज्ञान के मिटे न हिय को शूल

(The progress of one’s own language is the key to all progress. Without the proper knowledge of one’s mother tongue, one cannot feel himself expressed)

Take pride in your language-be it Khadi Boli or any other language.

If you can’t respect your own language, the language which has been inherited from your fore-fathers, then it’s no use learning any other language. It’s not a  question of sounding civilized and ‘padha likha’ (educated). It’s a question of honoring the very blood running through your veins.

I take great pride in my mother tongue -Khadi Boli, one of the richest languages in the world. And I’d love to introduce you to some of the common words in the language.

Please don’t even think of learning Khadi Boli by watching ‘Omkara’ – the movie by Mr. Vishal Bhardwaj, who claimed that the language used in the movie was Khadi Boli, otherwise you’ll end up learning some imaginary language which is anything but Khadi Boli.

If you’re really interested in learning Khadi Boli. Watch this clipping from the movie Dhaakad Chhora.

Below you’ll find many common words used in the language. I’ll keep on adding more words in the list. Khdai Boli is a fun language to learn. Enjoy the journey.

दगडा (Dagda) – Narrow path or road

चकरोड (Chakroad) – Road/path leading to fields

सोड (Sod) – Quilt

मी (Me) – Rain

खांचा (Khancha) – Mud

रकात (Raqqaat) – Useless thing or person

कांडी (Kandi) – Shrewd person

दिल्द्दर (Diladdar) – Good for nothing fellow or thing

Lamda – Boy

Lamdi – Girl

मतारी (Mataari) – Derogatory term used for one’s mother

बावा (Bawa) – Derogatory term used for one’s father

खलका (Khalka) – An earthen pot for storing left-over foods which is used to mix in cattle’s fodder later

हांडी (Haandi) – An earthen pot for cooking food

मुक्कदम (Muqqadam) – A term used to address senior and well-respected person(s) of the village

Lundhiyar – A bunch of vagrant youth

खलकत (Khalkat) – People in large numbers, The world in general

सेंकल (Senkal) – Bicycle

सांकल (Sankal) – Chain or bolt used to keep the door shut

दिया (Diya) – A tiny earthen pot used for lighting

डंगर-ढोर (Dangar Dhor) – Cattle (Buffaloes, Cows, Oxen)

दरांती (Daranti) – Sickle

Chimta – A household accessory used to bake Roti (bread)

गंडासा (Gandasa) – An agricultural machine used to cut fodder in pieces

नाज (Naaj) – Grains (Wheat, Rice etc)

दंग्वारा (Dangwara) – A mutual collaboration between two farmer families for helping each other in agricultural activities

चिलत्तर दिखाना (Chillatar dikhana) – To show an attitude, to throw tantrums

लंघार (Langhaar) – Crowd

मुंडासा (Mundasa) – A cloth used to cover head to protect it from harsh sun and cold and also from attacks by hand to hand combats

Unjhan – Diesel run water pumping set to irrigate fields

डेलिवरी (Delivery) – A 4-5 feet long pipe, (usually made of iron) used as an accessory in water pumping set to irrigate fields

मील (Meel) – Sugar Mill

Daant padnaa – To laugh shamelessly

किसी के पीछे कुत्ते छोड़ना (Kisi ke peeche kuttey chhodna) – To trouble someone without any valid reason or jealousy

मठ मारना (Matth maarna) – To spoil the whole game (Nullifying own or someone’s efforts)

कम्खत (Kamakhat) – Unlucky person

Nadiya tudana – To labor mindlessly

Naad – Neck

भ्सरा (Bhasra) – Derogatory term used for face

पट (Pat) – Thighs

काम (Kaam) – Work

पावसाना (Pavsana) – To prepare cow or buffalo for milking by caressing her udders

नुलाना (Nulana) – To clean off weeds from field

मुंह चढ़ाना (Munh chadhana) – Sulking

रंधीन (Randheen) – Cooked dish

रुक्का-रोला (Rukka rola) – Hustle bustle

Chupaad –  A hangout in village where people sit together, usually in evening, to have a chat with each other

झ्कोई (Jhakoi) – An incompetent fellow

खावा (Khava) – Shoulders

पावा (Pava) – One of the four wooden logs of a Charpoy

छोरा (Chhora) – Boy

छोरी (Chhori) – Girl

लुगाई (Lugai) – Woman, Wife

बोब्बो (Bobbo) – Sister, Mother

चाचा (Chacha) – Word used for addressing Uncle (and (sometimes) also for father)

धी (Dhi) – Daughter

मरद मानस (Marad Maanas) – Males

लुकोना (Lukona) – To hide

लखाना (Lakhaana) – To stare

हिरस (Hiras) – To compete

बुरान (Buraan) – Being eccentric or irrational

आल (Aal) – Moisture, Mischief

Summad – Lazy person

Toom – Ornaments

Bitauda – A small temporary tower like structure to store Gossey(Uplas)-Cow dung cakes used as fuel for cooking food

बूंगा (Bunga) – A small temporary tower like structure to store dry fodder extracted from wheat

Taabbar – One’s children

टोटका (Totka) – Black magic

बीरबानी (Beerbaanni) – Woman

खांड (Khaand) – Roughly crushed powdered sugar

बूरा (Boora) – Finely crushed powdered sugar

गुड (Gud) – Jaggery

मिठाई (Mithai) – Jaggery

सिनक (Sinak) – Discharge from running nose

कट्टा (Katta) – Sack made from jute, Country-made pistol

दुर्रांत (Duraant) – Partiality

Jhotta – He buffalo

बिजार (Bijaar) – Bull

नलका (Nalka) – Handpump

जुगाड़ (Jugad) – A temporary solution or arrangement, A temporary mode of transportation build with water pumping engine and wooden planks, can be seen usually in rural areas

हांगा (Hangga) – Strength

जाथर (Jatthar) – Capability

सोफता (Softa) – Leisure, Free time

गाँव गवांड (Gaanv Gavaand) – Rural area, neighborhood

डोके काढना (Dokey kadhna) – The process of milking cows and buffaloes

मूत (Moot) – Urine

Hittya – Suppression

खाल (Khaal) – A small drain taking water from the source to fields for irrigation

खल (Khal) – A nutritious supplement made from Mustard seeds used to feed cattle

छा (Chha) – Butter milk

छा दुन्घारना (Chha dunghaarna) – The process of frying the buttermilk without actually frying it :)

नोनी घी (Noni ghee) – Non commercial butter

देसी घी (Desi ghee) – Clarified butter

साम्ही (Saamhi) – In the front

ठाली (Thalli) – Idle

ठ्ल्वा (Thalva) – A jobless person, Someone too lazy to find work

ताली (Taali) – Key

साबत (Sabat) – Whole

कुदान मारना (Kudaan maarna) – To play/have fun

गिर्दाबाद (Girdabad) – Getting tired like anything and then sleep like a baby

बुग्गी (Buggi) – A wooden cart pulled by He-buffaloes and oxen, mostly for agricultural purposes

कल्टीवेटर (Cultivator) – A medium sized tool used to remove weeds off the fields

टिलर (Tillar) – A heavy tool to dig the fields and prepare them for sowing seeds

हैरो (Harrow) – A heavy tool with sharp wheel like parts made of solid iron to destroy residuals of previous crops

रज्हाना (Razhana) – To boil something

खडका (Khadka) – Sound/Noise

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