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

Definition for the Tagalog word lobo:

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[noun]  wolf; balloon

Root: lobo
Usage Note Icon Usage Notes:
As children, we only learn about the word "lobo" (wolf) from the translations of fairy tales, like Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pigs. In real life, we don't really get to hear or use that word because there are no wolves in the Philippines. 😀

For its "balloon" meaning, it may also be used as a verb.

Lumobo = to balloon (infinitive/imperative; subject-focused) - lumobo, lumolobo, lolobo

Palobohin = to make something balloon or bulge (infinitive/imperative; object-focused) - pinalobo, pinápalobo, papalobohin - this is a rare case of a word that ends with an "o", but it does not change to "u" with the addition of the suffix "(h)in"

"Siyempre lumobo ang tiyán ni Alice kasí buntís siyá" = Of course Alice's belly bulged because she's pregnant.

"Si George ay mahilig kumain kayâ siyà lumólobo" = George is fond of eating that's why he's getting so fat (ballooning).

"Kapág hindî maayos ang pagpahid ng pintura, baká hindí tumagál at ito ay lumobo" = If the paint is not applied properly, maybe it won't take long before it bubbles up

"Pinápalobo ni James ang bubble gum niya" = James is blowing his bubble gum.

Notice that "lobo" took the meaning of "bubble" in the last two examples. "Bubble" is "bulâ" in Filipino, but we normally just use this for the small bubbles like soap suds and froth. We use "lobo" for the bigger ones.

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May nagpaputók ng lobo
Someone popped a balloon.

User-submitted Example Sentences (2):
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Lumipad ang lobo sa langit.
Tatoeba Sentence #2798366 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
The balloon went up in the sky.

Mas malalakas ang mga leyon kaysa mga lobo.
Tatoeba Sentence #2929955 Tatoeba user-submitted sentence
Lions are stronger than wolves.

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