Filipino Idiomatic Expressions (Examples & Meanings)

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Here are some of the examples of Filipino idiomatic expressions and the meanings

These are examples of Filipino idiomatic expressions and the meaning of each idiom that can be used to construct more artistic sentences in the Filipino language.

If translated directly into the English language, the phrases or idioms can make no sense. However, each has a corresponding meaning to describe or explain a certain trait of a person.

filipino idiomatic expressions

Bungang-araw
Literal meaning: “fruit of the sun”
As an idiom: “prickly heat”

Bungang-tulog
Literal meaning: “fruit of sleep.”
As an idiom: dreams.

Buto’t balat 
Literal meaning: “bones and skin”
As an idiom: malnourished or too skinny

Makapal ang bulsa 
Literal meaning: “thick pocket”
As an idiom: someone who has a lot of money or rich

Butas ang bulsa
Literal meaning: “hole in the pocket”
As an idiom: someone who has no money or poor

Mabigat ang kamay
Literal meaning: “heavy-handed”
As an idiom: lazy

Magaan ang kamay
Literal meaning: “light-handed”
As an idiom: someone who easily uses his or her hand to express anger

Kabiyak ng dibdib
Literal meaning: “the other half of the heart”
As an idiom: spouse

Daga sa dibdib
Literal meaning: “mouse in the chest”
As an idiom: fear, worry or nervousness

Bulaklak ng dila
Literal meaning: “flower of the tongue”
As an idiom: a trait of someone who speaks with exaggeration

Makati ang dila
Literal meaning: “itchy tongue”
As an idiom: chatterbox or talkative person

Maitim ang dugo 
Literal meaning: “dark-blooded”
As an idiom: evil or bad person

Haligi ng tahanan
Literal meaning: “pillar of the household”
As an idiom: refers to the father

Ilaw ng tahanan
Literal meaning: “light of the household”
As an idiom: refers to the mother

Itaga sa bato 
Literal meaning: “cast in stone”
As an idiom: don’t forget or always remember

Matigas ang katawan
Literal meaning: “stiff-body”
As an idiom: lazy

Makati ang paa
Literal meaning: “itchy feet”
As an idiom: someone that enjoys going places.

Enjoy using these Filipino idiomatic expressions in your sentences.

READ ALSO: English Idiomatic Expressions: Examples & Meanings

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