What does Kol Khara mean

13 Hilarious Arabic Swear Words and Phrases

The Arabic language can be very colorful and lively, which has resulted in some beautiful poems, novels and stories. But with the growth of elegant literature comes the rise of a popular and hilarious area of ​​curse words and idioms. Arabic has some of the most colorful and seemingly incomprehensible ways of offending someone or something. Without further ado, here are the funniest ways to spice up your Arabic.


One of the most famous insults, that simply means "dog". However, to Arabs, this is one of the most offensive things to call a person and if someone is actually called a "chleb" you will most likely witness a fight.

In Arabic, you don't want to be compared to it! | © chifel / Flickr

Ibn al Kalb

What "son of a dog" means is similar to calling someone a dog, except that you've now insulted the family as well. Let's just say if there is anything worse than calling someone a dog, this is it.


Another insult that is simply an animal's name means "donkey" or "donkey". English also has a similar insult, and this curse word is used to call someone stupid or incompetent.

Allah Yakhethek

This phrase means "May God take your soul," which basically means that they hope that person will die then and there. While it sounds peaceful when someone dies, this insult is kind of weird because of its dry and sarcastic undertones.

Ya Gazma

Most commonly used in the Egyptian dialect, but understood everywhere, this is simply called someone's shoe. Nothing can be more humiliating to Arabs than the bottom of a dirty shoe, and you will hear lots of "ya gazma" during heated arguments or fights.

Nothing is worse than the cause of a dirty shoe | © ercwttmn / Flickr

Kol Khara

Literally means "eat shit" but also means "shut up". This phrase is often used to tell someone to stop nagging or annoying. By telling someone to "eat" it, you are essentially telling someone that they would rather see their mouth full of crap than hear another word from them!

Ya Khara

Another curse word revolves around the word "shit", that word basically calls someone "my piece of shit". This word is both funny and degrading, with many young Arabs using it during a funny conversation.


This word is used to offend men and it basically means that someone is a "pimp". It doesn't matter what the argument is about, if someone calls you a pimp in Arabic, that's one of the most insulting things to call.


Basically, "may your luck be stolen", which is another fun expression that older men in particular use in Iraqi Arabic but is understood almost everywhere else. This phrase is mainly used in passively aggressive situations where you don't want to argue or mess with anyone, but just wish all your luck is gone.

Bad luck on the way | © alex yosifov / Flickr

Tozz Feek

Literally means "screw up", this is a strong Arabic swear word that gets straight to the point. Although it isn't used as widely as some other curse words because it sounds so vulgar, this is still one of those Arabic words that are extremely graphic and only used by those who are most heated.

Telha's Teeze

The English translation, which essentially means "kiss my ass", is used in almost the same context as the English; when you don't care what the other person thinks of you and you want to tell them to leave. This word is a bit more vulgar in Arabic because it is so graphic that it is not used as often, although when it is it gets straight to the point.

El'an Abook

This phrase means "may your father be cursed" and is probably one of the most insulting ways to get someone into a fight. Since the father is usually the breadwinner in a traditional Arab family, by cursing the father you are practically slandering the whole family ... nice insult, right?

Abu Reiha

Literally means "the father of stinky smells", this is an insult that means someone smells (or acts) bad. Arabs, who like everything that is perfumed and enraged, insult one another with one of the worst claims: that you smell bad!

Father of all bad smells! | © Jayme Del Rosario / Flickr

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