These 7 words & phrases are so exclusive, you will hear them only in Lucknow!

You will swear by this Lakhnawi dictionary once you visit the City of Nawabs!

Lucknow is not just a city, it is an emotion! And emotions are best described through expressions than mere words. There are certain things that are so exclusively Lakhnawi that we are sure you have never heard them if you aren't from the city, have visited it or know a local. A city that is famed through the phrase of 'Muskaariya aap Lucknow mei hai', has a lot in store for you, in its quintessential Lakhnawi bhasha. Beyond the hum and aap effect, where you find yourself speaking like the nawabs, we present you these 7 quirky words and phrases that will add the spice of Lakhnawi zaika to your life!


You must have done certain things simply because you're bored in life or because you had nothing to do! While the rest of the world calls it, 'an empty mind is a devil's workshop', Lucknowites don't have time to be that sophisticated! They will just label you khaliyar ​and move along. The word literally means khali hona - which colloquially becomes khaliyar.

Usage: Tum ekdum hi khaliyar ho kya?

Bano Mat

A city where everybody can be best described as a character out of a sitcom, Lucknow people have a rather simple way to get you off your high horse. One legit cannot act 'extra' in the city if a Lakhnawi doesn't approve of it. There is absolutely no reply to their 'jyada bano mat' so please, don't even try!

Usage: Suno zara, jyada bano mat


The Lakhnawi way of having fun is called tafree! This unique term has no boundaries, it can range from roaming around the city casually or planning a prank. The city has its unique way of celebrating joys in the simplest things and tafree is just that!

Usage: Bore ho rahe hai, chalo tafree karne chalte hai


This has put a lot of people in a fix and you sure will thank us for telling you this- toote is what Lucknowites say instead of khulle paise or chutte, which basically means change. When somebody asks you for toote, they don't want broken bones or torn notes, they just want smaller currency yaar!

Usage: Yaha 500 ka patta nahi chalta, bhaisahab toote dijiye.


If you say something nonsensical before a Lucknowite, this is what happens - They will look dead into your eyes and say jaahil. This also includes anything silly that you might do before them that annoys or irritates them. It is all for fun but be careful, this is a very intense emotion!

Usage: Jaahilpanti ki bhi hadd hoti hai


Ghazab is that one term that can be best described as the 'potato' of this city's language. It fits in anywhere and everywhere and becomes the star of that statement, just how easily a potato becomes the hero of a dish! The word itself means amazing but then again, it moulds itself to become awesome or unique or whatever, you wish it to be.

Usage: Ghazab ka khana tha!

Ekdum Wahiyaat

This phrase expresses the pinnacle of disapproval from Lucknowites. If they are using this for you, know this you've annoyed them beyond the threshold of their patience and if it weren't for their nawaabiyat, you wouldn't be smiling, for sure!

Usage: Ekdum vahiyaat baat kari hai tume

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We are pretty sure that by now you must've understood the basic idea of expression that goes around here. Well, now that you're well versed with the trick of the trade, don't keep scratching your head and use this dictionary to craft the perfect comeback if you find yourself in a soup! It is all for fun and guess what, you're gonna have plenty of it when you actually visit here.

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