Lesson 1

Cuy Meaning In Indonesian

Halo semuanya, ketemu lagi sama saya, Iman Prabawa. In this article, I want to talk about the meaning of the word [cuy] in Indonesian. We are also going to be looking at examples from YouTube videos, movies, comics, and others where Indonesians use the word [cuy] to better understand how Indonesians use this word.

Cuy Meaning In Indonesian

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Cuy In Indonesian

[Cuy] means bro or sis. It is usually used when talking to your friends and is an informal word. [Cuy] can also be used when you want to attract your friend's attention when you want to talk to them.

Example sentence:

1. Cuy, ke mana aja loe tadi? (Hey, where have you been?)

2. Makan, cuy! (Let's eat, bro!)

3. Action, cuy! (Action, guys/bro/sis!)

Example of Cuy 01

[Cuy] can also be used to emphasize something. Here, I will try to explain the nuance when using this word.

Example sentence:

1. Kebab, cuy! (Wow! There is a Kebab in here!) or (This is the Kebab!) or just simply (Kebab!)

Example of Cuy 02

This is actually can have different meanings based on how you pronounce it. 

If you pronounce it like the one below.

Imagine that you are with your friend and are walking around, and then you find a place that sells Kebab, and then you say to your friend this. It means that you are excited to see the Kebab that is sold there. So, it is used to emphasize.

But if you pronounce it like the one below with a rising tone in the end, like you are asking a question.

1. Kebab, cuy? (Shall we eat Kebab?)

It just means bro, sis, or man, as explained in the previous example. If you say with this tone, it means that you are asking your friend to eat a Kebab. 


How to Pronounce Cuy 

Here is how you pronounce [cuy] in bahasa Indonesia.

Moving on, let's watch examples where Indonesians use the word [cuy].


Examples of Cuy In Use

The first example we are about to watch is taken from Nex Carlos's YouTube channel. Let's look at the clip below.

Below is what they say in the clip above with English translations.

Nex Carlos and Livy: Makan, cuy! (Let’s eat, guys!)

Livy: Enak banget! (This is so delicious!)

In this clip, [cuy] here means like bro or sis or guys.


Vocabulary From the Clip

[Makan] = eat.

[Enak] = delicious.

[Banget] is informal for [sekali] = very. For more about this, you can read my article here, Banget In Indonesian.


The second example is taken from Anak Kuliner's YouTube channel. Let's watch the clip below.

In this clip, he says, 

Udah laper, cuy! (I'm so hungry!)

[Cuy] in this sentence is just used to emphasize that he is already hungry at the time of speaking.

     Read also: Ngapain Meaning In Indonesian

So, this wraps up today's article. If I find another example, Insha Allah, I will update this article again. Thank you, and I'll see you soon. Bye now.

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