Filipino / Tagalog language translation for the meaning of the word baliw in the Tagalog Dictionary.

Definition for the Tagalog word baliw:

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[noun] crazy person; deranged person; psycho; lunatic; [adjective] crazy; nuts

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Root: baliw
Usage Note Icon Usage Notes:
Notice that when "baliw" is not used as an adjective, it is normally directed at a person. So, if you'd like to use it like a general term, then "kabaliwan" (craziness) is the word to use.

There are some other words that also mean "crazy" in Filipino. "Ulol", "sira-ulo", "loko", "loka", "luku-luko", and "praning" are the popular ones.

"Ulol" is often used as a humorous response when someone is given a backhanded compliment.

Dave: "Cathy, ang ganda mo, kaya lang, kailan ka huling naligo?" = Cathy, you're so beautiful, except that, when was the last time you took a bath?
Cathy: "Ulol!/Baliw!" = Nuts!

"Sira-ulo" literally means "broken head". It is also used like "ulol". Sometimes it is shortened to just "sira" and used in expressions like, "Huwag kang sira" = Don't be crazy; "Sira ka ba?" = Are you nuts?

"Loko" and "loka" are from the Spanish "loco" (crazy man) and "loca" (crazy woman). In Filipino, it is used to mean "someone who does not do things right".

"Loka iyang si Betty. Akalain mo pinaghintay ako ng dalawang oras, tapos hindi pala darating". = That Betty is crazy. Imagine making me wait for two hours, then only to find out she won't be coming.

"Luku-luko" also means "a crazy person". It can be used like "ulol" or "baliw".

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Example Sentences Available Icon Baliw Example Sentences in Tagalog: (7)
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Umibig si Anna sa isáng balíw.
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Anna fell in love with a lunatic.
Para kang balíw!
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You're like a crazy person!
Balíw ka!
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You're nuts!
Huwág kang balíw.
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Don't be crazy.
Balíw akó para umibig sa iyó.
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I'd be crazy to fall in love with you.
Balíw ka ba?
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Are you crazy?
Balíw si Susan.
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Suzan is crazy.

User-submitted Example Sentences (5):
User-submitted example sentences from Tatoeba who have self reported as being fluent in Tagalog.
Tatoeba Sentence #3413891 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence

Baliw ka.
Tatoeba Sentence #7894346 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
You're a lunatic.

Huwag mo akong tratuhin na parang isang baliw!
Tatoeba Sentence #3054864 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Don't treat me like a fool!

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How to pronounce baliw:

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Related Filipino Words:
kabaliwánnakakabalíwmabalíwikabalíwbáliw-baliwasong baliw
Related English Words:
crazynutslunaticcrazy personderangedderanged personpsycholunatic
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