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The Meaning of “Tuh” in Indonesian – Slang Word

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In Indonesia, you may hear the word “tuh” a lot. If you are curious about the meaning of this word, you can read the explanation below.


Tuh Meaning in Indonesian

Tuh is an Indonesian informal word that used a lot in Indonesia. It doesn’t have specific meaning, because Indonesian people use it in different sentences with different meaning. However, in the dictionary, “tuh” can be translated as “itu” or “that” in English.

It is believed that the word “tuh” is really come from the word “itu”. In some sentences, the two words indeed have the same meaning. As Indonesian people really love to abbreviate words, they say “itu” as “tuh” or “tu”.

There are many usage of the word “tuh” in Indonesian. First, of course, you can say the word to replace “itu” or “that” in English. You can also use the words to emphasize something that you want to say.

To be able to understand more about the meaning, you can read about several examples on using tuh in the last sub article.

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How to Pronounce Tuh in Indonesian

Pronouncing “tuh” in Indonesian is not really difficult. You can read all of the letter the same with the way it written. The “tu” in “tuh” is pronounced the same with “tu” in “Tuna”.

Some people can also say or write “tuh” as only “tu” in informal Indonesian language. You can also pronounce it without the letter “h” become only “tu”.

Read more about pronunciation in Indonesian:

Several Examples on Using Tuh in Indonesian Daily Conversation

To be able to understand more about the meaning of tuh in Indonesian, you can read several examples on using tuh in Indonesian daily conversation below:

  • Using tuh in a question

A: Apa tuh? (What is that?)

B: Itu adalah bakso? (That is meatballs)

A: Ada apaan tuh? (What’s going on there?)

B: Tidak ada yang penting (nothing special there)

In those question sentences, the word tuh is used and has the same meaning with “that” in English. 

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  • Using “tuh” to emphasize something that you want to say

You can also use tuh to emphasize something that you want to say. On the below examples, the word tuh has no specific meaning. You can say the word before verbs or objects, or after subject.

Kamu tuh harus belajar dengan giat (You should study hard)

Dia tuh jarang makan (She rarely eats something)

Kamu tuh gak boleh malas (You Don’t be lazy)

Makanan ini tuh bagus untuk kesehatan kamu (This food is good for your health)

Sekolah tuh harusnya menjadi tempat yang menyenangkan (School should be fun for the students)

That’s the explanation on the meaning of Tuh in Indonesian. I hope the information will be helpful for you. Thank you for reading.

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