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babalaas Line breaks: baba|laas
Pronunciation: /ˈbabəlas/

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South African

Definition of babalaas in English:


[mass noun]
The after-effects of drinking an excess of alcohol: in the morning the atmosphere is fuzzy with babalaas
More example sentences
  • Let's start by taking those words which are truly South African - babalaas, braaivleis, tshaila - and proudly integrate them into the language we speak most often.
  • Interestingly once running, as I was concerned that it would not restart again, I drove off quickly and found that the car had a bit of a babalaas.
  • Saw Bryan and Jacque there having quite a couple of shooters, hope it helps him get over his head injury, or should we call it a babalaas.


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Example sentences
  • I read the term “Babalaas” on a subway in England. It’s another word for feeling hung-over.


Afrikaans, from Zulu ibhabhalazi.

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