A-Z Indonesian Words and Meanings – Complete Dictionary

Welcome back to Masteringbahasa. After you learn popular phrase in Bahasa Indonesia, now we are going to memorize some Indonesian words and meanings. Learning new vocabulary helps improve your understanding of the language.

A

Aba (aba-aba) – command

Abai – ignore

Abu – ash

Abu-abu – gray

Acak – random

Ada – there are/is, exist

Adab – manner

Alam – nature

Alias – a.k.a

Andai – if, as if

Anjing – dog

Angka – numbers

Anti – anti

Ambang – edge

Ambil – take

Arah – direction

Asa – hope

Asam – sour, acid

Asin – salty

B

Babi – pig

Baik – good

Bata – brick

Baca – read

Bajak – piracy, hacking

Baju – clothes

Balas – reply

Barang – goods

Bibir – lips

Bicara – speak

Beli – buy

Beri – give

Besi – iron

Busa – bubble

Bukan – no, not

Bukti – evidence

Bincang – talk

Bantal – pillow

Banting – smash

Bakar – burn

Balik – turn

Basah – wet

Bubur – porridge

Burung – bird

Buruk – bad, ugly

Busuk – rotten

Buntut – tail

Bubar – disband, dismiss

Buka – open

Beras – rice (uncooked)

Berak – poop

Bulan – moon, month

Biru – blue

Related: Hard Indonesian Words to Pronounce

C

Caci – bully

Cuci – wash

Cuti – day off

Canda – joke

Candu – addict

Cantik – pretty

Celah – slit

Cinta – love

Cuma – only

Catat – note, jot down

Cara – way

Cakar – claw

Cabik – tear

Cabang – branch

Capai – reach, achieve

Capek – tired

Capung – dragonfly

Cacat – defect, handicap

Cacar – chickenpox

Cabut – abstract, remove

Coba – try

Cocok – suitable

Cukup – sufficient

Cuka – vinegar

Cita – goal

Cembung – convex

Cekung – concave

Cemara – fir-tree

Celana – trouser

D

Dana – fund

Dada – breast

Datang – come

Dasi – tie

Damai – peace

Desa – village, countryside

Dengar – heard

Dosa – sins

Demam – fever

Dorong – push

Dominasi – dominate

Denda – fined, penalty

Domba – sheep

Dilema – dilemma

Duduk – sit

Duka – grieve

Dungu – fool

Dera – castigate

Detak – tick tock

Desah – moan

Depan – front

Dengan – with

Dendam – grudge

Dukuh – hamlet

Dendang – sing happily

Dekap – cuddle

Demi – for the sake

Dingin – cold

Dompet – wallet, purse

Detik – second

Related: Indonesian Conversation Examples

E

Elang – hawk

Erang – groan

Enggan – being shy at

Enak – delicious

Esai – essay

Endapan – sediment

Embun – morning dew

Emas – gold

Engkau – you (poetic)

Elak – evade

F

Fakta – fact

Fatal – fatal

Fiksi – fiction

Fungsi – function

Fasih – fluent

G

Garam – salt

Gula – sugar

Geser – shift

Gendang – drum

Galau – worry

Ganteng – handsome

Galak – fierce

Gerak – move

Gemuk – fat

Getar – vibrate

Gesit – mobile

Gigi – tooth

Gusi – gum

Gelas – glass

Gemar – fond of

Gugup – nervous

H

Hari – day

Hanya – only

Hamil – pregnant

Hasil – result

Harap – wish

Hampir – almost

Halau – chase

Hingga – until

Hisap – suck, sipped

Hias – decorate

Himbau – urge

Hening – silence

Heran – astonish

Hemat – frugal

Hijau – green

Hitam – Black

Hilang – lost, gone

I

Ikan – fish

Ikal – curly

Ingin – want

Izin – permission, permit

Indah – beautiful

Intan – diamond

Isi – content

Intai – spy

Ikrar – vow

J

Jajan – snack

Jerit – scream

Janji – promise

Jangan – do not

Jamur – fungi, mushroom

Jalan – street, road

Jarak – distance

Jeruk – orange

Jasad – corpse

Janin – fetus

Jemur – put under the sun

Jam – hours, clock

Jelas – clear

Jernih – pristine

Jejak – trace

K

Kunci – key

Kerang – cockle, shell

Karang – reef

Kelas – class

Kemas – pack

Kecil – small

Kembali – come back

Kenal – acknowledge

Kembung – bloat

Kaki – foot

Kotor – dirty

Related: Indonesian Language Examples

L

Lancar – fluent

Lulus – graduate

Lisan – speech

Lembar – sheet

Lembur – overwork

Lelah – tired

Lengan – arm

Lihat – see

Lempar – throw

Lurus – straight

Lebar – wide

Langsing – slim

Lekuk – curve

Lesu – worn

Lupa – forget

Lusa – the day after tomorrow

Lapar – hungry

M

Manis – sweet

Marah – angry

Matang – ripe

Makan – eat

Mulut – mouth

Miskin – poor

Mekar – bloom

Mulus – smooth

Muka – face

Musuh – enemy, foe

Musang – raccoon

Malu – shy, shame

Masak – cook

Malam – evening, night

Macam – variety

Musim – season

Mata – eye

Matahari – sun

Menit – second

N

Nabi – prophet

Nasi – rice

Nanti – later

Nama – name

Nomor – number

O

Orang – person, people

Olah – process

Oleh- by

Oleh-oleh – gift

Ombak – wave

P

Pisang – banana

Pisau – knife

Pipih – flat

Pinjam – borrow

Pisah – apart

Pinggang – hip

Patah – broken

Panci – pan

Panik – panic

Pandai – smart

Pipis – pee

Pelan – slow

Pedang – sword

Pasang – tide

Pasangan – couple

Pakai – use, wear

Perang – war

Q

Qur’an – quran

R

Rasa – taste

Raba – grope, caress

Rantai – chain

Rusuh – chaos

Rambut – hair

Retak – barst

Indonesian words and meanings

S

Sisir – comb

Sampai – until

Sebuah – a, an

Sisi – side

Susu – milk

Sumpah – vow

Susun – arrange

Suka – like

Sayang – affection

Sapa – greet

Sedang – while, medium

Setiap – every

Santai – relax

Related: Indonesian Words You Need to Know

T

Tangkap – catch

Tempat – place

Tepi – edge

Tekan – press

Terang – bright

Teman – friend

Tayang – aired

Tunjuk – point

Tahun – years

Tambah – add

Takut – afraid

U

Usaha – effort

Untuk – for

Ungkap – reveal

Untung – profit

Ukur – measure

Ukir – carve

V

Variasi – variation

Vaksinasi – vaccine

Vanili – vanila

Validasi – validity

W

Watak – character trait

Warta – news

X

Xerox – Xerox

Y

Yang – which

Z

Zaman – age

Those are some of Indonesian words and meanings that you can use to practice. Include some of those words in your daily conversation and you will sound exactly like Indonesian.