M'tsali

Describes a location, either at home school or any place.


Ituye kum'tsali kamweina.

Mabena

A Mabena is a person who is always making mistakes and who is a disappointment.


Disappoint me again, Mabena.

Madiba

A Xhosa clan name that was made famous by former president Nelson Mandela.


Madiba passed away in December 2013.

Madumane

A very dope musician under Dj Maphorisa's label. He is Maphorisa's alter ego.


Madumane ke star.

Madumbe

South African potato-like tuber (Colocasia esculenta and Colocasia antiquorum), cultivated mostly in KwaZulu-Natal, greyish in colour and rather tasty. From the isiZulu amadumbe .


When I go to KZN, I have to get myself amadumbe.

Maga/Mugu

A term used to describe someone regarded as a fool or someone who is very gullible or being conned


My maga promise me hundred thousand Naira

Mageza

Short for Magezel'empompeni, is a derogatory name used to refer to a taxi driver. The word directly translates to "the one who baths from a tap". The name originates from that stereotype that taxi drivers have a long distance relationship with water.


Abo mageza from Jozi are so rude and funny at the same time.

Magriza

Magriza is a slang term for grandmother.


I was raised by magriza.

Mahala

A Zulu term that means for nothing. Free; obtained without payment or difficulty. It is however not only used by Zulu, it has been incorporated to modern South African lingo.


Buy 1 drink and get the second one mahala.

Mahlangu

1. A Ndebele surname
2. The Nokia 3310


1. UMahlangu wami ulahlekile

Main Chick

The girl who is in a serious relationship with a guy, but that guy is casually dating other people (side chick).


I don't care what he does oksalayo I am the main chick.

Makarapa

A plastic miner’s helmet cut, moulded and painted to make headgear worn by fans at football matches.


I used to wear makarapa when I went to watch the game.

Makhwapheni

Umakhwapheni is a more formal term for a side chick or a nyatsi.


His wife saw him at a restaurant with his makhwapheni.

Male Bestie

The most dangerous creature. Male bestie is the guy your girlfriend always tells you not to worry about but you don't know what they do behind closed doors. He is the guy that's always waiting for you to fuck up.


My guy be careful of your girl's male bestie.

Mamazala

Mamazala is a term used to refer to mother-in-law.


I'm so happy with my mamazala, unlike many people.

Mamelodi Sundowns

The most successful soccer team in South Africa (and most rich). It is nicknamed masandawana or kabo yellow.


Mamelodi Sundowns is winning the league again this season, after snatching it from Kaizer Chiefs last season on the last game.

Mampara

An idiot; a stupid or silly person. The Sunday Times newspaper shames wrongdoers in public life with its Mampara of the Week award.


Kaizer Chiefs fans are Mamparas.

Mandoza

Mandoza was a Kwaito legend who gave us a lot of hit songs like Nkalakatha, Tornado, etc.
May he continue to rest 🙏🏾


I really miss Mandoza right now.

Mara

A filler word usually meaning "but"
It can be added in the beginning, middle, or the end of a sentence.


Mara why it is so expensive?
He's good looking mara he's not a good person.
Why do we have to be so broke, mara?

Marete

A baSotho/Tswana term for Balls (As in testicles, not a soccer ball).


O boa marete saan

Masandawana

Masandawana is a nickname for South African soccer team Mamelodi Sundowns.


I'm a loyal supporter of masandawana.

Masepa

Masepa mean SHIT in South African seSotho languages (SeSotho, SeTswana, SePedi).
Can also be used to refer to a beautiful lady as in like "Ngwanola ona le masepa"
The other term can be used to insult someone as in like "O mpotsa masepa sarn"
Also see Masimba


O mpotsa masepa.

Mashonisa

A Zulu term for a Loan Shark, someone who offers loans at extremely high interest rates, has strict terms of collection upon failure, and generally operates outside of local authority.


I need to pay the mashonisa otherwise he will keep my ID and Bank cards.

Masimba

Masimba mean SHIT in South African Zulu and Xhosa languages. I know in Zimbabwe (Shona) it means something different.


Uthetha amasimba.
Translation: You are talking shit

Masonja

Masonja are Mopane worms that are mostly eaten in Limpopo.


I would rather starve than to eat masonja.

Matric

The last year of high school (grade 12).


I can't wait to do my matric.

Matric Dance

Also known as Matric Farewell - Is when grade 12 (last year of high school) learners have one final formal function, often followed by parties, underage drinking and bad decisions. Each school usually has its own dance and pupils usually come with a date and wear expensive suits and dresses.
Americans would call it prom


I don't know who I am going to take to the Matric Dance.

Mdidi

A vulgar or explicit way to say butt or ass.

Do not say this to anyone or you will be moered. 


You are mad, mdidi wakho. 

Mdlezana

Umdlezana is a Xhosa term for a mother of a new born baby.
Plural: Abadlezana


Unqabile because ngumdlezana kaloku.

Meneer Magongwa

A situation where you don't have money and you have no means of getting it.


I'm so Meneer Magongwa these days.

Menenja

A Zulu pronunciation of "manager".
It can also mean you are standing with a dog.


No one:
Zulu guy: My friend is now a menenja at Transnet.

Mgarimbe

Mgarimbe is the legend who gave us the hit song Sister Betina.


Mgarimbe deserves a lifetime achievement award.

Mgosi

Umgosi in South Africa means gossip.


No one:

Girls: I have so much mgosi for you my friend.

Mgqakhwe

In Xhosa, umgqakhwe is a derogatory term used to refer to someone born out of wedlock.


"Makungangeni mgqakhwe ebandleni likaYehova; nesizukulwana sawo seshumi masingangeni ebandleni likaYehova." - deuteronomy 23
"No one born of a forbidden marriage nor any of his descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, even down to the tenth generation."

Milf

Mom I'd Like to Fuck.
What were you watching that made you search for this word?


You were watching some Milf videos?

Mize

To mize is to overlook/ignore something or someone intentionally.


Girls will mize you when you are broke!

Mjita

A Kasi term for "guy". The plural will be Majita.


I was just chilling namajita.

Mjolo

Mjolo basically means dating. It's derived from ukujola which means to date. Therefore mjolo is the act of dating (ukujola).

Other people may spell it as mojolo


Mjolo will nyisa you. 

Mjondolo

Mjondolo is another term for informal settlements (mkhukhu).


There is an movement called Abahlali basemjondolo

Mkhaba

A Zulu term that refers to a huge belly, mostly seen in tenderpreneurs. Sotho people can spell it as mokhaba.


Stomach in, chest out. Umkhaba must fall.

Mkhukhu

A house built from metal roof material (zink) or mud. i.e informal settlement.


I'm moving to Gomora, I will build myself a mkhukhu.

Mkhululi

A liberator, Someone who gives freedom


Uthixo nguMkhululi wethu

Mkhwetha

Umkhwetha (plural: abakhwetha) is an initiate (a boy going through the circumcisions/initiation period) in Xhosa.


Umkhwetha has to eat food without salt for the first few days

MKMVA

MKMVA is the abbreviation for uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association.


MKMVA is protecting Jacob Zuma's house in Nkandla

Mlungu

A Xhosa or Zulu term for a white person.


My best friend is umlungu.

Mngani wa yena

A Tsonga term for "his friend / her friend" that is apparently used to identify unknown soccer players by commentators.
They would call all the names of the "famous" players and when they reach the unknown player, they would say mngani wa yena (his friend).


And he passes the ball to Jabu Pule... Jabu Pule passes to mngani wa yena.

Mngqundu

This is an incorrect spelling of mnqundu.
It's so annoying to see so many people misspelling this word 🤦🏽‍♂️


No one:
Annoying person: I miss him but umngqund'wakhe.

Mnqundu

Umnqundu is a Xhosa swear word that you don't want to randomly say.


Mqundu wakho kwedini.

Mntase

Short for mntasekhaya. A Xhosa term of endearment for family i.e siblings, cousins or even a dear friend.


- Yho mntase, you should have seen the way he looked at me.

- Never let men play you, mntase. Banyise bonke.

Mntkbw

Xhosa term derived from Mntakabawo which directly translates to "My dad's child". This term doesn't necessarily refer to someone you are related to. It can be used to refer to a friend or any random person.


I'm so tired mntkbw.

Moer

To beat someone to a pulp.

Can also be a swear word in Afrikaans


I will moer you.

Come here, jou moer.

Mogwanti

A Sepitori term for a loose girl or sfebe.
Can also be spelt as Mogwanthi.


Mogwanti wa Pitori.

Mokotjo

A Sowetan term used to identify a certain opportunistic behaviour in people. e.g. slay queens


Ngwano ke mokotjo!

Molo

A Xhosa greeting used to greet one person. To greet multiple people, you say molweni.
Some people spell it as mholo.


"Molo sisi, kunjani? Uphilile na? Bendicel'umzuzu wokuthetha nawe mna" - Mandisi Dyantyis

Molweni

A Xhosa greeting used to greet multiple people. You use molo to greet one person.


Molweni bantu abadala.

Moreki

The guy who buys the alcohol and make sure that everyone is taken care of.


If you still want to drink, please o ska bora moreki my sister.

Motase

A very bad way of spelling mntase. It is mostly used by Sotho/Tswana people to mock Xhosa people on social media.


Yho motase, I couldn't believe what I saw.

Mpesu

A name given to people of high status


Mpesu

Mpimpi

Impimpi is a South African term for a snitch.


Impimpi used to be burnt during the apartheid days.

Mr 082

A guy who trended for what was apparently a staged video. He was asked for his number by a woman in a car and he kept saying "082". Twitter gave him the name Mr 082. 


Did you see the Mr 082 video?

Msotra

Msotra is the slang term for Soweto township.


Ngise Msotra and I'm chillin' with the thugs

Msunu

Is a Zulu and Xhosa swear word that loosely translates to male or female genitalia or cunt.


Msunu kanyoko to whoever is disrespecting me.

Mswapheni

A person, usually a blesser or sugar mama who just swipes his/her card without any hesitation.


We are out of beer... mswapheni
We are out of meat... mswapheni

Munhu

A person


Ndiye munhu wacho
Meaning: This is the person

Mvelinqangi

UMvelinqangi is a Nguni word which translates to "the Most High" or "Divine Consciousness"; that is considered the source of all that has been, that is and all that ever will be.


Mvelinqangi, the creator, came out of the reed. He brought out men, women, animals, corn, and all the fruits of the earth

Mxit

Mxit was a popular South African social media platform before the times of WhatsApp.
That's what we used to get girls back in the day.


Niggas had a girlfriend in every province during the Mxit days 🤣

My friend

This is a term that refers to the Somali or Pakistani shop owners in South Africa. This term started when these shop owners first arrived in South Africa and they referred to everyone as "My friend". The name was then subsequently given to them.


1. Child: Hi, my friend. How much are your sweets?
My friend: It's 2 bob for one sweet, my friend.

2. No one:
Pakistani shop owner: My friend I am not your friend, my friend.

Mzansi

The colloquial term used by us South Africans to refer to our country. It is the Zulu word for the "South" part in South Africa. The full word is Mzansi Africa.


People of Mzansi will support their own.

Mzantsi

The colloquial term used by us South Africans to refer to our country. It is the Xhosa word for the "South" part in South Africa. The full word is Mzantsi Africa. "South Africa".


I stay in Mzantsi and proud of it.

Mzekezeke

The mask wearing guy (Kwaito star), whom people say is DJ Sbu.


They say Mzekezeke can be anyone.

Mzukwana

Mzukwana is a Kasi term for the olden days / the good old days / back in the day.


I woke up and listened to Kwaito ya mzukwana today.

Mzwayi

Plural: Abazwayi
An informal Xhosa term that refers to umkhwetha.


I have to go see abazwayi in December

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