10 Uncommonly Used Filipino Words with Definition and Examples



Language is really important for a country. It defines one’s identity. One way to communicate and understand others is having a language and it is one of the factors that unites a nation. However, there are several words that people do not know the meaning and how they’re going to use them in a sentence. Like in the Philippines, there are words used by the Ancient Tagalogs that an average Filipino will probably not understand them quickly.

Let’s know more about Filipino words!


  1. Word: Dupil

Definition: It is an amulet, or anything that is believed to have the power to save the person who owns it from any harm. The more popular Tagalog words currently being used are anting-anting and agimat.

Sample Sentence: Sa pamamagitan ng dupil na nagsilbing proteksyon, nailigtas ni Juan ang kaniyang sarili sa kapahamakan.


2. Word: Isalat

Definition: It is an action word that refers to the use or infliction of witchcraft, or a secret power to inflict pain and suffering to other people.

Sample Sentence: Sanhi ng matinding galit, lumapit si Jose sa isang mangkukulam para ipasalat ang kaniyang kaibigan.


3. Word: Sulatroniko

Definition: It is a message distributed by electronic means from one computer user to one or more recipients via a network.

Sample Sentence: Gamit ang teknolohiya, mas mabilis ko nang naipadadala ang aking sulatroniko sa aking kapatid na nasa probinsiya.


4. Word: Kansunsilyo

Definition: Boxer shorts are a type of undergarment typically worn by men.

Sample Sentence : Palaging suot ni Andrae ang kansunsilyong regalo sa kaniya ng kaniyang nobya.


5. Word: Anluwage

Definition: It is a person who makes and repairs wooden objects and structures.

Sample Sentence: Ginawa ng tatay ni Andrae, isang anluwage, ang mga sirang upuan sa paaralan.


6. Word: Asoge/ Mercury

Definition: It consists of a bulb containing mercury attached to a glass tube of narrow diameter; the volume of mercury in the tube is much less than the volume of the bulb.

Sample Sentence: Ingatan mong wag mabasag ang thermometer dahil nakakamatay ang asogeng nasa loob nito.


7. Word: Sambat

Definition: A fork is a tool consisting of a handle with several narrow tines on one end.

Sample Sentence: Mas masarap kumain sa bukid kapag hindi nakakutsara at sambat.


8. Word: Labaha

Definition: It is an instrument with a sharp blade or combination of blades, used to remove unwanted hair from the face or body.

Sample Sentence: Inahit niya ang kaniyang balbas gamit ang labaha.


9. Word: Sipnayan

Definition: It is the abstract science of numbers, quantity, and space.

Sample Sentence: Mataas ang nakuhang marka ni Kenji sa asignaturang Sipnayan dahil paborito niya ang mga numero.


10. Word: Pulot-gata

Definition: It is the traditional holiday taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage in intimacy and seclusion.

Sample Sentence: Pagkatapos ng kanilang kasal ay lumipad sila papuntang Spain para sa kanilang pulot-gata.

Those words above are just some of the examples of filipino words used by the ancestors that Filipino must know.