A-Z Indonesian Words and Their Meanings

If grammar is like a bone, then the vocabulary is like the flesh of a language. Here are some Indonesian words and the meaning which are commonly used for daily conversation.

A

Aba, aba-aba = command

Abal, abal-abal = fake

Abang = big brother

Aci = tapioca flour

Acak = shuffle

Abai = ignore

Absen = absent

Ambil = take

Andai = wish, as if

Adat = custom

Adab = norm

Asap = smoke

Arah = direction

Arsip = archieve

Asal = origin

Arang = charcoal

Anggur = grape, wine

Akar = root

Asli = authentic

Also read: Indonesian Words Starting with A

B

Baca = read

Barang = goods

Baru = new

Butuh = need

Busa = foam

Benci = hate

Bisa = can

Balas = reply

Basah = wet

Bakar = burn

Bubur = porridge

Buka = open

Bulan = moon, month

Bukan = not

Busuk = rotten

Belang = stripes

Bebek = duck

Bekas = ex, used

Benar = right

Besi = iron

Berat = heavy

Belum = not yet

Bencana = disaster

Benda = things

Barang = goods

Banci = transgender

Biji = seed

Bau = smell, odor

Baju = clothes

Blus = blouse

C

Canda = laughter

Cacing = worm

Capai = reach

Capek = tired

Cakar = claw

Cara = way

Candu = addicted

Cambuk = whip

Cacat = defect, disable

Catat = jot down

Cuma = only

Cuti = day off

Cuka = vinegar

Cucu = grandchildren

Cumi, cumi-cumi = cuttlefish

Cegah = prevent

Celah = gap

That’s about the Indonesian words and their meanings, also read Indonesian Words that Start with C

D

Duduk = sit

Duka = misery

Dan = and

Dapat = get

Demi = for the sake

Dekap = fold

Dingin = cold

Dada = breast

Dusta = lie, poetic

Dunia = world

Dengan = with

E

Elang = hawk

Enggan = not willing

Ebi = dired shrimp

Edar = circulate

Edisi = edition

Eja = spell

F

Faktur = invoice

Fase = phase

Fana = transient

Fisik = physique

Fikir = thought

Fiksi = fiction

Foto = photo

Faedah = benefit

Fajar = sun, poetic

Fasilitas = facility

Faktor = factor

Fantasi = fantasy

Fanatik = fanatic

Fasih = fluent

G

Gagal = fail

Gadai = pawn, mortgage

Genap = even

Gasal = odd

Ganjil = odd

Guru = teacher

Gugur = fall

Gabah = shell of rice

Gabus = foam

Gabung = join

Gading = ivory

Gado-gado = mixed vegetable with peanut sauce

Gairah = passion

Garuk = scratch

Gajih = fat

Gaji = salary

Galak = fierce

Gajah = elephant

Getar = vibrate

Gadungan = fake

Gagap = stutter

Gigit = bite

Gempa = earthquake

Danda = double

Gampang = easy

Gambar = picture

Ganas = fierce

Ganggu = disturb

Gelap = dark

Guling = roll

Gesit = mobile, swift

Garam = salt

Gula = sugar

H

Hina = insult

Hampir = almost

Hisap = suck

Heran = surprise

Hendak = will

Harap = wish

Huruf = alphabet

Hak = right

Hakim = judge

Halus = smooth

Haid = menstruation

Hadir = present

Hadiah = gift

Hanya = only

I

Ikan = fish

Izin = permit

Ijazah = diploma certificate

Ibu = mother

Ingkar = deny

Ilmu = knowledge

Iklim = climate

Ilmiah = scientific

Ikut = come along

That’s about the Indonesian words and their meanings, also read Indonesian Words Starting With I

J

Jarang = often

Janji = promise

Jalan = street

Jumpa = meet

Jujur = honest

Jajan = snack

Jadwal = schedule

Jagung = corn

Jahat = mean

Jatah = quota

Jam = hours

Jual = sell

K

Kawan = friends

Kunci = key

Kadaluarsa = expire

Kadang = sometimes

Kaca = glass, mirror

Kado = present

Kacau = mess

Kacamata = eyeglasses

Kacang = nut

Kuning = yellow

L

Lemas = weak

Lelah = tired

Lebih = more

Lulus = pass

Lembaga = organization

Laba = profit

Laba-laba = spider

Lagu = song

Lancar = fluent

Lada = pepper

Luas = wide

Lupa = forget

Lucu = funny

Lumayan = not bad

M

Mau = want

Merah = red

Mabuk = drunk

Macet = traffic jam

Mandi = take a shower

Majemuk = plural

Makan = eat

Makanan = food

Magang = internship

Maaf = sorry

mahal = expensive

majalah = magazine

Malas = Lazy

Mimpi = dream

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N

Nyanyi = sing

Nama = name

Nanti = later

Negara = country

Nakal = baughty

Nada = note

Naga = dragon

O

Olahraga = physical exercise

Oleh = by

Olah = process

Obral = sale

Obrol = conversation

Obsesi = obsession

Oles = spread, apply

Ompong = toothless

Orangtua = old man, parents

Otak = brain

Otot = muscle

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P

Panci = pan

Pabrik = manufacturer

Pagi = morning

Padi = rice plant

Pahlawan = hero

Pucat = pale

Pajak = tax

Pakar = expert

Pacet = leech

Pacaran = dating

Paha = thigh

Pihak = party, side

Pinknik = picnic

Pilih = choose

Pilihan = selection

Pingsan = unconscious

Pinjam = borrow

Pintu = door

Pisau = knife

Piring = plate

Pipi = cheek

Pirang = blond

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Q

Qualitas = quality

Quantitas = quantity

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R

Rasa = taste, feel

Rambut = hair

Rabu = Wednesday

Rempah = spices

Rencana = plan

Rusak = broken

S

Sampai = until

Sekat = space

Semua = all

Sedang = while

Sukses = success

T

Tanya = ask

Talenta = talent

Tambah = add

Tekun = assiduous

Teliti = careful

Terang = bright

U

Uang = money

Ukuran = measurement

Ukur = measure

Upah = salary

V

Varian = variety

Vanili = Vanilla

Valuta = currency

Vaksinasi = vaccination

Varises = Varicose

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W

Wacana = reading

Waktu = time

Wabah = epidemic

Wajib = Obligatory

Wajar = proper

Wajah = face

Wakil = representative, vice

Wangi = fragrance

Warga = citizen

Waras = sane, healthy

Eayang = Shadow puppet

Wisata = trip, vacation

Wortel = carrot

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Y

Yakin = sure, convinced

Yayasan = foundation, organization

yang = which is, that is

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Those are some Indonesian words and the meaning that you can use for daily conversation. Click the related link to see more words example and the meaning.