Thai swear words are often used among friends and especially among family members in a provincial area. Here I will tell you some of my personal stories while giving you guidelines on how to use Thai swear words.
First I want to teach you the word that I use the most:
อะไรวะ à-rai wá = What the Hell!
It is impolite but used often because you don’t have to be specific. You can be talking to yourself about the bad situation that happened. If no one heard it then it’s not considered impolite no?
Commonly used insult titles and pronouns
Below I bring you a list of commonly used insult titles and pronouns in the table.
|Insult titles||Usage and meaning|
|ไอ้ âi||Put this word in front of a man’s name to sound impolite|
|อี ee||Put this word in front of a woman’s name to sound impolite|
|มึง meung||This is a way of saying “You” in an impolite way|
|กู goo||This is a way of saying “I” in an impolite way|
My family usually doesn’t use swear words. When my parents fight. They start using มึง meung, กู goo to say I and you. That’s when I know that things got serious and my dad will start shouting. It’s kind of unfair because my mom always forbids me to use bad words.
I remember one time I said ไอ้จ๋าย âi jăai (that’s my brother’s name). My mother made a sound in her mouth meaning don’t use that word with my brother so I stopped. In fact, I was just copying how my parents call my brother. They say ไอ้จ๋าย âi jăai sometimes but when they say it with their tone of voice it’s not an insult. It’s because they find my brother cute. It means more like small little bastard, little cutie I wanna smack your butt cause you are too cute kinda feeling.
ไอ้ âi and อี ee words
Here are few words that can turn in to insult when attached to ไอ้ âi and อี ee.
❗️ Remember that ไอ้ âi is used for men, อี ee is used for women.
|ไอ้/อีบ้า âi/ee bâa||You Crazy!|
|ไอ้/อีหน้าโง่ âi/ee nâa ngôh||You Stupid face!|
|ไอ้/อีติ้งต๊อง âi/ee dtíng-dtóng||You Nuts!|
|ไอ้/อีเฮงซวย âi/ee hayng suay||You Bastard! (literally means bad luck)|
When I was in university. I would hear the word มึง meung, กู goo everywhere. Most of my friends use this on a daily basis. Not when they are angry but in everyday life. Simply replacing I and you with มึง meung and กู goo.
If one day you find a friend where you can freely use มึง meung, กู goo on a daily basis, just know that you can use words like You Crazy, You stupid face, etc as a form of a funny comical joke. This can add to the richness of your vocabulary but before you get to that level, I rather you not use the insult words as a joke.
Animals as insults
Did you know that Thai People use animals as insults too?
|Thai insult animal||Meaning|
|ไอ้/อีหมู âi/ee mŏo||You Pig! (fat or eat too much)|
|ไอ้/อีควาย âi/ee kwaai||You Water buffalo! (stupid)|
|ไอ้/อีเหี้ย âi/ee hîa||You salamander! (fuck you)|
|อีหอย (female only) ee hŏi||You clam! (หอย has double meaning: pussy and clam)|
|ไอ้/อีสัตว์ âi/ee sàt||You animal! (fuck you)|
|อีแรด ee râet||You Rhino! (you are so bitchy)|
When I go to my mother’s home town which is 4 hours away from Bangkok I stay with my uncle’s family. They have quite a big family. Some of them work in an ice factory, some sell food in the market.
They swear on a daily basis. I hear the words You Water Buffalo!, You salamander!, You animal so often that I feel like if I live with them, soon those words will not be bad word anymore.
Now, let’s take a look a some intensifiers. In English, there are words like very, freaking, etc… The same in Thai too. Let me map them down for you.
very –> really–> super–> freaking –> fucking
มาก –> จริงๆ –> สุดๆ –> โคตร –> แม่งโคตร
Keep reading and I will show you the usage of โคตร and แม่งโคตร
Your Mother and Your father as Thai swear words
Did you know that Your mother and Your father can become bad words too?
|แม่มึง (mâe meung) or บ้านแม่มึง (bâan mâe meung)||used as a bad word to snap right back at somebody|
|แม่ง (mâeng) (shortened from แม่มึง)||use as an intensifier|
|พ่อมึง (pôr meung) or บ้านพ่อมึง (bâan pôr meung)||used as a bad word to snap right back at somebody|
Let’s take a look at some examples of these very common Thai swear words.
- Wow, the weather today is freaking nice.
hŏh · wan née mâeng aa-gàat-sà-dee wá
- Can you please not freaking say that?
mâeng yàa pôot bàep née dâai bpà
- She is damn good!
mâeng kôht gàyng
- A) You are so stupid do you even realize?
meung mâeng ngôh wá · róo dtua măi nîa
B) It’s your dad who is stupid! I’m not stupid!
pôr meung làe ngôh · goo mâi ngôh wói
- A) It’s so painful!
mâeng kôht-rá-jèp loie wá
B) What do you mean painful, the wound is so small. (Literally: Painful at your mother’s house.)
jèp bâan mâe meung à dì · plăe-lék-nít-dieow ayng
More Thai insults and swear words
Below are the rest of the List of Thai swear words and insults that are frequently used:
|ไอ้/อีหน้าด้าน âi ee-nâa-dâan||Thick face!|
|เย็ด แม่ง yét mâeng||fuck your mother (motherfucker)|
|ไอ้/อีเปรต âi ee bpràyt||fuck you! (Literally low-level ghost)|
|ควย kuay||cock / dick|
|อม ควย om kuay||suck my dick|
|อีร้อยควย ee rói kuay||100 dick woman (slut!)|
|อี/ไอ้ถ่อย ee âi tòi||evil! bad person!|
|อี/ไอ้บ้า ee âi bâa||crazy person!|
|อีดอกทอง ee dòk tong||fuck you (for woman)|
|หีหมา hĕe măa||dog pussy|
|ไอ้/อีชาติชั่ว âi ee châat chûa||Bad person!|
|ขี้ kêe||shit, poop|
|ฉิบหาย chìp-hăai||Damn!, total disaster!, shit!|
If you want to express “fuck it!” in Thai, one way is ช่างหัวมัน! (châang hŭa man). Please see the article I wrote for examples.
If you just want to sound rude in General then you can use SA! ซะ after a verb as explained here.
In the following example, suppose you are on the phone with your best friend that just backstabbed you by talking badly about your girlfriend. This is an example of how the conversation would go:
- Motherfucker! How could you say that to my girlfriend? Bullshit! Go suck dick, yeah you, suck my dick! Motherfucker! Pussy! You said we are friends. Fuck you, I don’t fucking believe you anymore. We are freaking friends, you bullshit! Fuck!
เย็ดแม่ง มึงแม่งพูดอย่างนั้นกับแฟนกูได้ไงวะ ไอ้ตอแหล ไปอมควยไป มึงแหละ ใช่มึงแหละ อมควยกู เย็ดแม่ง อีหอย ไหนบอกว่าเป็นเพื่อนกัน ไอ้สัตว์ กูไม่เชื่อมึงอีกแล้ว เป็นเพื่อนบ้านพ่อมึงดิ ไอ้ตอแหล เหี้ย!
yét mâeng meung mâeng pôot yàang nán gàp faen goo dâai ngai wá âi dtor-lăe bpai om kuay bpai meung làe châi meung làe om kuay goo yét mâeng ee hŏi năi bòk wâa bpen pêuan gan âi sàt goo mâi chêua meung èek láew bpen pêuan bâan pôr meung dì âi dtor-lăe hîa
This is all you need to know about Thai swear words and insults. Use them only if you have friends that use them around you because if you just randomly use these words then Thai people will think badly about you.