Hlamba iphepha

A tradition in South Africa that celebrates the end of exam season. It loosely translates to "washing the paper".
High school kids typically go on a drinking spree (underage drinking).

I can't wait for the exams to finish so that sizokuhlamba iphepha.


"Hello"; also used before combat. Example in combat: Hosh, jy raak wys ("Hello, show me what you made of"). This gang-related word occurs inside as well as outside of prison: use at own discretion

Hosh nongoloza, come here.


A person who loves meat and listen to One Blood all day.

Lavas is such a herero


Hierso is a South African slang term that means "Here", "Right here". It is taken from the Afrikaans language.

"I'll be hierso goseng, wa nkolota" - Khuli Chana in No More Hunger

Hhayi bo (haibo)

It is not Xhosa but Zulu phrase meaning to disapprove an act. It goes together with phrases like, kahle no, musa bo, woza bo, mana no, etc

Hhayi bo wnzani?


Ihule is another Xhosa term for a whore or sfebe.
Plural: Amahule

yhu lihule usisi wakho.


A person who enters a relationship for the sole purpose of having a place to stay or avoid being homeless.

I just found out the girl I was actually a hobosexual.


The act of breaking someone's heart either through cheating or any malpractice that automatically leads the end of a relationship. Often used in a phrase "ba tlao hurda" meaning they will hurt you

Ba tlao hurda, banunur!


A Xhosa term for No.

Q: Are you hungry?
A: Hayi

Holding a candle

A term used when someone tags along with a couple, either on a date or when they are just chilling.

I'm tired of always being the one holding a candle. I need a girlfriend.

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