Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Ghalidan Rolling from side to side as lovers do Persian love action connection
Handschuhschneeballwerfer A person who wears gloves to throw snowballs; a wimp German action attribute
Chantepleurer Singng and crying simultaneously French action
Gongoozler A person who enjoys watching activity on the canals of the United Kingdom. The term is also used more generally to describe those who harbour an interest in canals and canal life, but do not actively participate. English action nature
Shlep To bring something from one place to another, but with the implication that its a burden to the carrier. Example: I had to shlep the bag of rocks all the way down the road Yiddish physical action
Tôpäj (төпәй) Interjection that is used to forewarn a child of falling Bashkir action
Erklärungsnot The state of having to quickly explain yourself German action stress
Trennungsagentur Literal: "separation agent"; A man hired by women to break the news to their boyfriends that they are breaking up German action
Rire dans sa barbe To laugh in your beard quietly while thinking about something that has happened French funny reflection action
Scrumping Stealing fruit (particularly apples) from trees English food action
Dhurna Extorting payment from someone by sitting at their front door and staying there until you get paid Hindi action persistence
Vprikusku Drinking tea through pieces of sugar Russian food action
Nedoperepitj (недоперепить) To drink more than one should have, but less than one would have wanted. To fail to drink too much. Russian funny action
Tôpäj (төпәй) Interjection that is used to forewarn a child of falling Bashkir action
Uitbuiken Literally means giving your belly or stomach space to expand after a proper dinner. It signifies being so full that you really have to go lay down and ''uitbuiken''. Dutch food action
Zhaghzhagh The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage Tamil adverse action physical
Guddle To fish using the hands, by searching under stones at a river bank Scottish action nature
Tima Not being ready to spend time or money on a specific thing, despite being able to afford it Icelandic thinking action
Kombinować to conspire/try to resolve a problem with unusual methods or through connections Polish creative action
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Voetstoots A sale where the thing is sold as is or with all its faults without any guarantees Afrikaans action
Verschlimmbessern Literally "worsen better"; making something worse while trying to improve it German action
Beau geste A gesture noble in its nature or intention but ultimately meaningless in substance French action
Ngaobera A slight inflammation of the throat caused by screaming too much Pascuense adverse action health
Tsuji-giri To try out a new sword on a passer-by Japanese action violence

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