Meaning of tabanca in English:


Pronunciation /taˈbaŋka/


mass nounWest Indian
  • A painful feeling of unrequited love, typically for a former lover and causing unbalanced or violent behaviour.

    ‘Where capricious behaviour consistent with tabanca is most evident is in his unsupported opinion of what African-Trinidadian children do at school.’
    • ‘It has killed its credibility because of its ‘tabanca’ for office and its penchant for mischief.’
    • ‘What price is our venerable former Prime Minister prepared to have us pay to assuage the agony of his political tabanca?’
    • ‘Most adults are aware of what a man with a serious tabanca can do.’


Probably from Kikongo tabaka ‘buy up or sell out completely’.