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This article is about Malay words that are derived from Tamil. Please use this list with caution owing to the lack of direct peer reviewed references for the individual words.

Malay words of Tamil origin

kakak - from Tamil akka meaning older sister

kedai - from Tamil kadai meaning shop

Putu ( as in Putu Piring / Putu Mayam) - from Tamil Puttu , a dish made of rice flour and coconut shreds.

Kapal - from Tamil Kappal meaning Ship

Kupang - from Tamil Kuppam meaning a fishing hamlet

Kotak - from Tamil Kottaan or Kottaa meaning a case.

Satay - from Tamil Sathai meaning flesh.

Sarong - from Tamil Saaram or Malayalam Chaaram meaning a waist cloth.

Harimau (Tiger) - from Tamil Arimaa meaning a 'Majestic Lion'

Perahu - from Tamil Padagu meaning Boat

Taulan - from Tamil Tholan meaning Friend.

Mempelam - from Tamil Mampalam meaning A type of fruit.

Kedah - From Tamil Kadaaram a state in malaysia.

Kari - From Tamil Kari meaning Curry.

Tirai - From Tamil Tirai meaning screen or curtain.

Logam - From Tamil ulogam meaning metal.

Bahaya - From Tamil Abaayam meaning danger.

katil - From Tamil Kattil meaning bed.

Kuil - From Tamil Kovil meaning temple.

Misai - From Tamil Misai moustache.

Maligai - From Tamil maaligai meaning castle.

Raja - From Tamil Raja meaning king.

Kolam - From Tamil Kulam meaning pond.

Denda - From Tamil Dhandam meaning fine.

Bumi - From Tamil Bhumi meaning Land.

Putra - From Tamil Putran meaning Son or People.

Putri - From Tamil Putri meaning Daughter.

Singa - From Tamil Singam meaning Lion.

Isteri - From Tamil Sthri meaning Lady or Wife.

The above list is only the tip of iceberg. There are a lot of other words.


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Published - February 2009

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