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How to Use Arabic Curse Words and Phrases (Like a Native Pro)

I have an uncontrollable interest in foreign languages and how they can influence our way of thinking about the modern world.


Arabic is such an exciting and multifaceted language that I encourage everyone to at least study once in their lives. For those of you who wish to undertake this endeavor, I've decided to enjoy this endeavor with a list of 10 common Arabic curse words, phrases and vulgarities...for your careful use and edification.

Now I know what some of you are thinking. Curse words from the whole Arabic world? Well no..not exactly. I understand that the whole arabic lexicon encompasses many different cultures, accents and ways of thinking and acting. Therefore, the following list is more Egyptian Arabic. Hopefully this can be a starting point. Feel free to add in the comments.

Warning: Be careful when using this language in Vietnam or in the presence of fluent speakers of the language. You could lose friends. Or worse.


Vulgar / Extremely Insulting Terms:

قحبة - Ghahba or quhba

Literally means "b!$ch" in Arabic. Also has the connotation of loose person / loose woman in English. Can be very offensive if used on or with the wrong crowd.

كس - Kuss or Kos

Literally means "pu$$y". Used in a vulgar sense. Other terms may be used to scientifically/medically describe in a formal manner.

Example: کس امك‎ - [kuss ommak] - "your mother's p%$$y"

شرموطة - Sharmota or Sharmuta

This literary means “whore”. And this word can be very offensive in Arabic. And this uses like “ya Ibn Al-Sharmota” and this means “you son of a whore”

زب – Zipp

This means “p&nis”. And they used like “Mos zippy” and this means “Suck my d*%k”.

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طيز – Teez

Means “A$$”. Is like “Ilhas teezy” this means “lick my a$$”


Milder Curse Words / Terms:

يلعن أبوك - El’an Abook

This phrase means “may your father be cursed”, and is probably one of the most insulting ways to get someone into a fight. As the father is usually the breadwinner in a traditional Arab family, by cursing the father you are basically dooming the entire family.

الله ياخدك - Allah Yakhthek

This phrase means “May God take your soul”, which basically means they hope that person dies then and there. While it may sound like a peaceful thing to say when someone is about to actually die, this insult is quite hilarious because of its dry and sarcastic undertones.

يا حمار - Ya Hamar

This literally means “you donky,” and is uttered to degrade someone as being filthy, dishonest, or immoral.

كُل خرا – Kol Khara

This means “eat shit” KHARA mean “SH*T”.

طز فيك -Tozz Feek

This literally means “screw you,” and is used to vent off against someone annoying.


Words For Teasnig and Naughty Banter

قواد - Gawad

and this basically means that someone is a “pimp”. It doesn’t matter what the argument is about, when someone calls you a pimp in Arabic it’s one of the most insulting things to be called.

ديوث – Duyuth

It means a person who does not envy his wife, and is usually used to alienate men.

ابن الحرام – Ibn Haram

This means “son of adultery”. And they used like “ya Ibn Al-Haram”.

مخنث – Makhanet

This means “Gay”. This called for man who act like a lady.

تيس – Tess

This means “he-goat”. And usually used to make fun of person.

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