Meaning of babalaas in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbabəlas/ /ˈbabəlɑːs/


mass nounSouth African
  • The after-effects of drinking an excess of alcohol.

    ‘in the morning the atmosphere is fuzzy with babalaas’
    • ‘Let's start by taking those words which are truly South African - babalaas, braaivleis, tshaila - and proudly integrate them into the language we speak most often.’
    • ‘Interestingly once running, as I was concerned that it would not restart again, I drove off quickly and found that the car had a bit of a babalaas.’
    • ‘Saw Bryan and Jacque there having quite a couple of shooters, hope it helps him get over his head injury, or should we call it a babalaas.’
    • ‘I'll remember the babalaas remedy, although it's complex to remember.’


South African
  • Hung-over.

    • ‘I read the term “Babalaas” on a subway in England. It’s another word for feeling hung-over.’


Afrikaans, from Zulu ibhabhalazi.