Definition of bakya in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbakˈjɑː/


South East Asian
  • A type of backless sandal with a thick wooden sole and a strap of rattan, plastic, or some other material, traditionally worn in rural areas in the Philippines, and sometimes having an ornately carved or painted heel.


informal, derogatory South East Asian
  • Lacking in refinement or sophistication; rural, rustic; lowbrow.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in Annual Reports Director Forestry Philippine Islands 1915. From Tagalog bakyâ from Chinese (Hokkien) ba̍k-kia̍h from ba̍k wood (corresponding to Mandarin mù) + kia̍h shoes (corresponding to Mandarin jī).