A-Z Indonesian Words Borrowed from English – Meaning

There are lots of Indonesian words which directly borrowed from English. These words are purposely borrowed because there is no original Indonesian word which has similar meaning. Borrowed words or also known as loan words are directly adapted to suit the Indonesian pronunciation. Below are some of the list of Indonesian words borrowed from English. Also learn more about Indonesian pronunciation of basic word.

A

English words Direct borrowing
Access Akses
Accessory Aksesoris
Account Akun
Accommodation Akomodasi
Activist Aktifis
Acting Akting, berakting
Active Aktif
Actor Aktor
Actress Aktris
Acupuncture Akupuntur
Agronomy Agronomi
Allergy Alergi
Apartment Apartemen
Appreciation Apresiasi
Application Aplikasi
Aquarium Akuarium
Asset Asset
Assumption Asumsi
Association Asosiasi
Astronaut Astronot
Artist Artis

B

English words Direct borrowing
Ballpoint Bolpen
Balloon Balon
Business Business
Book Buku
Bus Bis
Bomb Bom
Bandit Bandit
Block Blok
Biology Biologi
Boss bos

C

English Words Direct borrowing
Calculator Kalkulator
Calm Kalem
Calendar Kalender
Campus Kampus
Cancer Kanker
Cartoon Kartun
Capsule Kapsul
Career Karir
Catering Katering
Cassette Kaset
Check Cek
Charismatic Karismatik
Cholesterol Kolesterol
Circuit Sirkuit
Clarification Klarifikasi
Claim Klaim
Cockpit Kokpit
Clone Klon
Coffee Kopi
Coin Koin
Coma Koma
Complain Komplain
Computer Komputer
Condominium Kondominium, kondo
Conducive Kondusif
Conjunction Konjungsi
Contamination Kontaminasi
Cosmetics Kosmetik
Counselling Konseling
Commitment Komitmen
Copy Salin
Corset Korset
Corrupt Korup
Counter Konter
Coupon Kupon
Cowboy Koboi
Cotton Katun
Cornea Kornea
Conversion Konversi
Convention Konvensi
Cooperation Koperasi
Container Container

D

English words Direct borrowing
Data Data
Department Departemen
Decade Dekade
Detection Deteksi
Depression Depresi
Detective Detektif
Detergent Detergen
Design Desain
Dichotomy Dikotomi
Diagnose Diagnosa
Dilemma Dilema
Dimension Dimensi
Disco Disko
Discount Diskon
Diskette Disket
Discourse Diskursus
Doctor Dokter
Dose Dosis
Double Dobel, ganda
Director Direktur
Domestic Domestik
Disinfectant Disifectan
Dollar Dolar

E

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English words Direct borrowing
Ecology Ekologi
Ecosystem Ekosistem
Education Education
Edition Edisi
Ecstasy Ekstasi
Efficiency Efisiensi
Embargo Embargo
Emancipation Emansipasi
Embryo Embryo
Energy Energy
English Inggris
Erection Ereksi
Enzyme Enzim
Erotic Erotis
Essay Esai
Estimation Estimasi
Evacuation Evakuasi
Execution Eksekusi
Evaluation Evaluasi
Expansion Expansi
Exist Eksis
Expose Ekpos
Export Ekspor
Exploration Explorasi

F

English Words Direct borrowing
Facsimile, fax Faksimil, faks
Federation Federasi
Fact Fakta
Fermentation Fermentasi
Feminine Feminin
Fashion Fesyen
Fiction Fiksi
Fossil Fosil
Flexible Fleksibel
Focus Fokus
Finish Finis
Fusion Fusi
Freeman Preman
Fraction Fraksi

G

English words Direct borrowing
Game Gim
Glass Gelas
Generalization Generalisasi
Genetic Genetis
Glamour Glamor
Global Global
Goal Gol
Gradation Gradasi
Gratification Gratifikasi
Gossip Gosip
Grenade Granat
Group Grup
Guitar Gitar
Gymnastic Gimnastik

H

English words Direct borrowing
Helmet Helm
Hydrogen Hidrogen
Homograph Homograf
Homophone Homofon
Homonym Homonim
Horror Horor
Hormone Hormon
Haemoglobin Hemolobin

I

English words Direct borrowing
Ice Es
Ice cream Es krim
Illegal Ilegal
Idol Idola
Improvisation Improvisasi
Imperialist Imperialis
Infrastructure Infrasrtuktur
Insecticide Insektisida
Instant Instan
Innovation Inovasi
Instinct Insting
Instrument Instrumen
Interaction Interaksi
International Internasional
Interruption Interupsi
Intervention Intervensi
Injection Interjeksi
Immigration Immigrasi
Investment Investasi

Here is more examples of Indonesian words borrowed from English. Also learn more about English phonology vs Indonesian phonology.

J

  • Juice – jus

K

  • Keeper – kipper

L

English words Direct borrowing
Lamp Lampu
Lamination Laminasi
Landscape Lanskap
Lipstick Lipstik
League Liga
Lobby Lobi
Locker Loker

M

English words Direct borrowing
Mall Mal
Malpractice Malpraktek
Management Manajemen
Manager Manajer
Marathon Marathon
Mascot Maskot
Mediation Mediasi
Menthol Mentol
Minute Menit
Molecule Molekul
Motivation Motivasi
Meditation Meditasi
Mechanic Mekanik
Metabolism Metabolisme

N

English words Direct borrowing
Narcotic Narkotik
National Nasional
Negotiation Negosiasi
Nuclear Nuklir
Naturalization Naturalisasi

Also learn about Indonesian phonemes.

O

English words Direct borrowing
Oasis Oase
Okay Oke
Obsession Obsesi
Opposition Oposisi
Optic Optik
Orgasm Orgasme
Overactive Overaktif

P

English words Direct borrowing
Panellist Panelis
Parking Parkir
Paradox Paradoks
Parody Parodi
Particle Partikel
Passport Passport
Patent Paten
Pen Pena
Pencil Pensil
Pension Pension
Photo Foto
Plastic Plastik
Pulse Pulsa
Pollution Polusi

R

English words Direct borrowing
Radio Radio
Rally Reli
Rational Rasional
Relative Relatif
Renovation Renovasi
Relation Relasi
Republic Republik
Research Riset
Rumour Rumor
Routine Rutin
Restoration Restorasi
Recreation Rekreasi
Rocket Roket
Relax Rileks

S

English words Direct borrowing
Sample Sampel
Satellite Satelit
Science Sains
Saxophone Saksofon
Sceptic Skeptis
Score Skor
Sexy Seksi
Scooter Skuter
Shampoo Sampo
Solution Solusi, larutan
Simulation Simulasi
Standard Standar
Speculation Spekulasi
Stress Stres
Stock Stok
Survey Survei
Souvenir suvenir
Subject Subyek
Stethoscope Stetoskop

Here is more examples about Indonesian words borrowed from English. Also learn more about Indonesian phonetics.

T

English words Direct borrowing
Taboo Tabu
Television Televisi
Telephone Telepon
Tissue Tisu
Tourist Turis
Topic Topik
Trend Tren

U

  • Unique – unik
  • Unification – unifikasi
  • Unisex – uniseks

V

  • Vaccum – vakum
  • Verification – verifikasi
  • Veranda – beranda
  • Villa – vila
  • Volley – voli

Learning the words originally from English should not be difficult. Even though the pronunciation is different but the general idea stays the same. Sometimes, some words may have exact pronunciation even though different in writing.