There are many English terms which we are speaking on a day to day life, but very few of us know some of the English words are derived from Languages of Indian origin.British stayed an extensive time in India, for this reason, there are many words which are prevailing in today’s English are words of Indian origin.
Let’s look at these famous English words which are derived from Hindi, Sanskrit and Dravidian languages like Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, and Malayalam, etc. Let’s look.
Pandal –A Marquee, A large and generally used tent for social gatherings and events.
TheØ Word Pandal is derived from the Indian language Tamil word “Pantal”.
Copra-Coconut seed, Dry coconut seed from which oil gathered.
Ø The word “Copra” derived from the Dravidian language Malayalam where original word is “Koppara”.
Mango-Mango is famous yellow oval equatorial fruit
Ø Word Mango derived from Malayalam word “Manna”, however, some people in the world say this word is also derived from the Portuguese word “Manga”.
Bandicoot-It is basically small to medium size Rat
Ø 18th century ago this word is added in English and it is derived from Telugu word “Pandikokku”.
Coolie-Unskilled Laborers of South and East Asia
Ø Derived from-Hindi word “Kuli”
Bungalow -House which has one storey and roof on the top.
Ø Word is collected from Gujarati word “Bangalo” and Hindi word “Bangala”.
Gymkhana- It is a place where there is facilities of sports and exercise
Ø Word “Gymkhana” is Evolved from- Hindi and the Urdu language.
Loot-Stolen goods, money or some of the precious valuables
Ø Received from Hindi word “Lut” and Sanskrit word “Lunth” in the 19th century.
Avatar-Icon or Idol which indicates a particular person
Ø Word “Avatar” is Collected from the Sanskrit word” Avatar”.
Chutney-Spicy gravy of Indian Origin made through fruits, spices, and numerous vegetables
Ø derived from the Hindi word “Chatni”.
Jungle-A vast lush green forest,
Another meaning of “Jungle” in English is- Complexity, confuse
Ø Derived from -Sanskrit word of” Jangala”.
Thug-Violent, person with a criminal mindset, bully, bandit, killer, etc.
Ø Derived from- the Hindi word “Thag”.
Cot-A narrow bed for children without embracing side
Ø Word “Cot” is acquired from Hindi word “Khat”
Chit-It means a concise formal note to deliver the message.
Ø From Hindi word “Chitthi” this word evolved.
Shampoo-A Liquid to wash hair
Ø derived from Hindi word “Champo”
Please comment below, if you know any other words that have an Indian Influence.