Definition of tabanca in English:

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Pronunciation: /taˈbaŋka/


[mass noun] West Indian
A painful feeling of unrequited love, typically for a former lover and causing unbalanced or violent behaviour.
Example sentences
  • Where capricious behaviour consistent with tabanca is most evident is in his unsupported opinion of what African-Trinidadian children do at school.
  • It has killed its credibility because of its ‘tabanca’ for office and its penchant for mischief.
  • What price is our venerable former Prime Minister prepared to have us pay to assuage the agony of his political tabanca?


Probably from Kikongo tabaka 'buy up or sell out completely'.

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