Grenglish a.k.a. Greeklish Dictionary

Growing up as a person of Greek heritage, in the United States (or Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa or any place in the world that speaks English!) families often make up many different versions of Grenglish or Greeklish words. It is not Greek or English but a dialect that has been created by Greek immigrants living in English speaking countries. Simply put, Grenglish or Greeklish words are not real, they are made up and are often hilarious versions of Greek words that have elements of the English language.

Based on our knowledge of being Greek American in the United States, here is a list of Grenglish (Greeklish) words that we have compiled. We hope you like them!!


If you have any Grenglish or Greeklish words that are not on our list, please email your suggestions to us at greekboston@worldwidegreeks.com and we will be happy to add them.

Addressi – Address

Ajax – Isaac

Alaveta – Elevator

Albanyi – Albany

Ambulla – Ambulance

Apel – Apple

A-i Laket That – I Like That

Arkountisio – Air Condition

Aroplano – Airplane

Bamithes – Bums

Bahseekla – Bike

Banka – Bank

Bangadori – Bankers

Basikla – Bicycle

Basi – Bus

Bas Stop – Bus Stop

Basketa – Basket

Basta – Bastard

Beautie – Butte, Montana

Berday – Birthday

Billia – Bills

Bilozeria – Below Zero Temperature

Biznathoros – Business Man

Black Gais – Black Ice

Bladzas – Bludger

Blanketa – Blanket

Bloomberes – Blueberries

Boorntey – Birthday

Bobis – Bumb

Bobithes – Bumbs

Bolia – Bowls

Bosina – Boss Lady

Bossades – Bosses

Bosis – Boss

Bohzi – Boise

Bourger – Burger

Bostoni – Boston

Boxi – Box

Boymou – My boy

Brassi – Brush

Bret – Bread

Brekia – Brakes

Brown New – Brand New

Brumari-se to Flor – Sweep The Floor

Bunk – Bank

Busi – Bus

Busieris – Bus Driver

Cakie – Cake

Camfambo – Comfortable

Caro – Car

Carpeto –Carpet/Area Rug

Cheapko – Cheap

Checkie – Check

Cheebourga – Cheese Burger

Cheekao – Chicago

Cheezes Krais – Jesus Christ

Cher – Chair

Chevroletta – Chevrolet

Chikao – Chicago

Choorch – Church

Choung – Chewing Gum

Cupia – Cups

Coo-keys – Cookies

Copia – Photocopies

Corneri – Corner

Corya – Quarters

Cruise Control – Remote Control

Dalavizion – Television

Dampsta – Dumpster

Deeketoh – Ticket

Deeketa – Tickets

Deetroti – Detroit

Don’t Doing That – Don’t Do That

Doleedo – Toledo

Dorando – Toronto

Douzeena – Dozen

Dramistis – Drummer

Drilli – Drill

Drinket Too Mach – Drank Too Much

Drinket – Drink It

Dr. Akousehki – Ear Doctor

Dommides – Dummies

Eeres – Ears

E Banka – The Bank

Eh Malia – Eh Hippy

Einai Se Vacasio – He’s On Vacation

Elektrogis – Electrician

Eppta Pano – Seven-Up

Fagia – Firetruck

Farmadoros – Farmer

Farma – Farm

Fastfoodathiko – Fast Food Restaurant

Favori – Favourite

Fenna – Fan

Fensi – Fence

Fis End Tsips – Fish and Chips

Finixi –Phoenix

Floori – Floor

Fogaria – Fog Area

For Sally – For Sale

Forto – Ford

Freeza – Freezer

Freeziasoume – To Freeze Something

Froostraitet – Frustrated

Froziasa – I Froze

Fullaris – Fill it up

Fullaris – Fill it up

Gallajees – Milkman

Garbitsosakoula – Garbage Bag

Garbitsotenekes – Garbage Can

Garbetagis – Garbage Man

Gazi – Gas

Gazolini – Gasoline

Gazolinadiko – Gas Station

Gia Movarise – Move It

Gi-Gi Rella – Ginger Ale

Go Way – Go Away (Fige)

Grapajoozy – Grape Juice

Groupi – Group

Grosaria – Groceries

Hambouga – Hamburger

Haplapie – Apple Pie

Harataks – Heart Attack

Hawdawg – Hotdog

Hawdawgtzis – Short Order Cook

Heborka – Hamburger

Hemi – Ham

Hesston – Houston

Hippy Dude – Hippido

Homeworkia – Homework

Hondokaki – Honda

Hospitali – Hospital

Hotdogia/Hadokakia – Hot Dogs

Ice Boxie – Fridge

Ice Kreemie – Ice Cream

Indianos – American Indian

Indoostrial – Industrial

Jonk Ya – Junk

Joolieriez – Jewelry

Jews – Juice

Jucia – Juices

Kadalaki – Cadillac

Karo – Car

Kane to Rolo – Roll It

Kangalera – Calculator

Kani Smoke – He Smokes

Kane Mia Mapa to Flori – Mop the Floor

Kanzas Seeti – Kansas City

Karpeta – Carpet

Katchopee – Ketchup

Katachi – Cottage Cheese

Kesari – Ceasar

Ketchapia – Ketchup

Kissandressa – Kitchen dresser

Kleevalaan – Cleveland

Kloob – Club

Koata – Coat

Koloratho – Colorado

Kolomboos – Columbus

Kompura – Computer

Konga Kola – Coca Cola

Kontrolla – Remote Control

Kontractoras – Contractor

Koo-eket-ots – Quaker Oats

Kore – Quarter

Krezy Peepels – Crazy People

Ksena Tsertsia – Foreign Churches

Lakies – Lakes

Latsa – A lot

Lat eh – A lot of

Leros – Lettuce

Licensie – License

Like-ee – Like

Lista – The List

Lonmori – Lawnmower

Loketa – Lock

Magazini – Magazine

Maik – Mate

Makie’s – Macy’s

Manajari – Manages

Mapa – Mop

Marketta – Super Market

Masini – Machine

Matsaroune – They Match

Maxi – Car

McDonald’s – Magdano

Meekee Mazou – Mickey Mouse

Meiket the Troblems – Makes Problems

Meiket Me Upsaid Daoun – Unsettled Me

Meeneeahpoli – Minneapolis

Meesheeganos –He’s From Michigan

Migee Mouza – Mickey Mouse

Mikroway – Mikrowave

Mira – Meter

Mit Bowls – Meat Balls

Moostatha – Mustard

Moosykanos – Male Musician

Moosykana – Female Musician

Motosakla – Motorcycle

Moutzouri – Missour

Movare – Move

Mummelatha – Marmalade

Mustit To Do That – Have To Do That

Napa – Nap

Na Me Bas Faast – Don’t Drive Fast

Nekterinakia – Nectarines

New Tzorzi – New Jersey

Nea Yorki – New York

No Lookig – Don’t Look

Obrela – Umbrella

Oll – All

Olo Time – All The Time

One Hondry Prosents – One Hundred Percent

On Satourday – On Saturday

O Sefi – The Chef

Ouasingtoun – Washington

Orajous – Orande Juice

Orangy – Orange

Ouwiskey – Whiskey

Otamel – Oatmeal

Paree – Party

Parko – Park

Pame Sioppi – To Go Shopping

Parket – Park It

Paraligo – Paralegal

Parkarise To Caro – Park The Car

Parkadoros – He Who Parks Cars

Passaporty/Passeporto – Passport

Pata Toh Gazhee – Step On The Gas

Pata Ta Brekia – Step On The Brakes

Patiario – Patio

Peachyborg – Pittsburg

Peenatsia – Peanuts

Peenutsboota – Peanut Butter

Peetsia – Peaches

Peetsa or Pitsa – Pizza

Peetsoora – Pitcher (for water)

Peetsadoros – Pitsa Man (Chef)

Penna – Pen

Pennia – Pennies

Phlamablay – Flammable

Pianagis – Piano Player

Pire Ofi – Took Time Off

Plakagides – Tile Floor Layers

Plamaghees – Plumber

Pleez – Please

Poleetzimanos – Police Officer

Polizmanos – Policeman

Portchy – Porch

Poozykat – Pussy Cat

Puffcohnia – Popcorn

Roofi/Roofee – Roof

Roomi – Room

Roofyanos – Roofer

Safatsisko – San Francisco

Sagzafone – Saxophone

Sagzanopectis – Saxophone Player

Saina – Sign

Saiwalkie – Sidewalk

Saiwokie – Sidewalk

Salivori– Sidewalk

Sandwitsia – Sandwitches

Sarap – Shut Up

Sausigia – Sausage

Sausigia – Sausages

Scoolia – School

Scottabois – Boy Scouts

Seeatlo – Seattle

Shits – Sheets

Shelfia – Shelves

Shoeski – Sushi

Showeri – Shower

Silly India – Silly Idiot

Sindraks – Sheet Rock

Sisrobagas – Sears and Robucks

Sister – Brotherina

Skalpia – Scallops

Skatsbooez – Boy Scouts

Sneekies – Sneakers

Sopia – Shops and Soaps

Snike – Snake

Salababits! – Son of a Bitch!

Soleiki – Salt Lake City

Spitali – Hospital

Stekia – Steaks

Stamba – Stamp

Stofa – Stove

Storie – Store

Storoofy – In The Roof Or Attic

Sto Size – To The Side

Stressarismenos – Stressed Out

Stromberri – Strawberry

Strombettys – Strawberries

Stupet – Stupid

Sugri  – Sugar

Souxe’ – Success

Spokanos – From Spokane

Tabootsya – Your Boots

Ta Bero – The Beatles

Taieres – Tires

Talla Hessy – Tallahassee

Tallaveezohn – Television

Take It That – Take That

Teksis – Taxes

Tenekethes – Computer/Electronics/Tin Can

Texia – Taxes

To Plaster – The Rolling Pin

Ta Belowziria – The Below Zeros

Thanksgiving Day – Chickeney Day

Thanks a Million – Tanks a Meelun

Teethia – Teeth

Tiketo – Ticket

To Prekfass – Breakfast

To Televitzo – Television

To Size – The Side

To Hoteli – The Hotel

Touvlajis – Brick Layer

Tohbouymoo – My Little Boy

Tourko – Turkey

Town Town – Downtown

Toyotopoulo – Toyota

ToyzrAss – Toys R Us

Traki – Truck

Trapenta – Trumpet

Trela – Trailer

Triki Tree – Trick or Treat

Troukou Trou Kou – Remote

Trokagis – Truck Driver

Tsekariseto – Check It

Tseris – Cherries

Tsokolata – Chocolate

Tsalaton Hesston – Movie Actor

Tsodapappa – Soda Pop

Tsalaton – Charleston

Tsiz – Cheese

Tseezbourga – Cheesburger

Tseki – Check

Tsiki Tsiki – Remote

Tsips Patatas – Potato Chips

Tsiminieras – Chimney Sweep

Tsounga – Chewing Gum

Tzintzerela – Ginger Ale

Tsuooz – Shoes

Upsait Town – Upside Down

Vakuklena – Vacuum Cleaner

Vehnilla – Vanilla

Veg-ee-tay-bulls – Vegetables

Vromosakoula – Dirtbag

Walmarketa – Walmart

Waset That – Washed It

Watchimanis – Watchman

Wat Is Dis – What Is This

Watamela – Watermelon

Weeski – Whiskey

Wetza – Wage

Whatsamattayouze – What’s The Matter With You

Worket – Worked

Widow – Window

Yaprakia – Un-Wrapped Dolmdes

Yari – Yard

Yarda – Yard

Yartha – Yard

Yestaday – Yesterday

Zaketa – Jacket

Zinnzinati – Cincinnati

If you have any Grenglish or Greeklish words that are not on our list, please email your suggestions to us at greekboston@worldwidegreeks.com and we will be happy to add them.