What does „malaka“ mean? (Greek word) Meaning, translation in english, explanation

„Malaka“ is probably the best known, most heard and spoken Greek word in and outside Greece. It has different meanings depending on the context. Literally translated into english, Malaka means „wanker“.

What does „Malaka“ mean? Meaning, translation in english, explanation

„Malaka“ can be understood in a friendly way. If friends address each other as „Malaka“, it is understood like „buddy“, „dude“ or „dude“.

However, „malaka“ can also be an insult. The word „malaka“ translates literally as „wanker“ and can also be understood as „idiot,“ „asshole,“ „whistle,“ or „douchebag.“

Likewise, something can be referred to as „malaka“ if it is dumb, stupid or pointless. Then the expression is used to say that it is stupidity or bullshit. Here, „malakies“ is then said.

Malaka: Example

A dialogue between two Greeks may look like this:

A: „Ti kanis re malaka?“ (In english: „How are you, buddy?“).
B: „eimai kala, essi malaka?“ (In english: „I’m fine, Dude!“)

What does Malaka literally mean in english? Translation, meaning

„Malaka“ comes from the Greek word „malakos“ (Greek: μαλακός). „Malakos“ means „soft“, „effeminate“ or „soft“ in the sense of spoiled.

It is related to the Greek word for masturbation „malakia“.

Combining „masturbation“ and „soft“, this gives the following explanation: someone is a wanker „malaka“ because he masturbates too much and as a result his brain has become soft.

Grammar: Malaka

The singular of Malaka is Malaka (Greek: μαλάκα).
The plural is: malakas (Greek: μαλάκας).

The feminine form of malaka is: malako (Greek: μαλάκω).

Spellings: Malakka (The term malaka is sometimes spelled with two „k „s.), Maláka

Where does „malaka“ come from? Word origin, history

In ancient Greece, the expression „malakas“ meant something like „insane,“ „weak“ or „cowardly. The expression derives from the Greek word „malakono“ (Greek: μαλακώνω), which means „to soften“ or „to become softer.“ (In english, the verb „to soften“ would be used).

The term has also found its way into the latin language as „malacia“. This is a disease term for tissue that softens and dissolves abnormally and morbidly. The english expression is „malacia.“

In Hellenistic times, „malaka“ was an expression for passive same-sex. It was not until the Middle Ages that the word acquired its present meaning: wanker, someone who masturbates.


By the way, „Moloko“ has nothing to do with „Malaka“. Moloko is Russian and means: milk.

In the game Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey the word „Malaka“ is also used. There it is said as a friendly insult.

Other meanings of Malaka

„Malaka“ is the name of the government district in West Timor. It is located on the southern coast of the island of Timor.

Bernward Malaka (*1962) is a german musician, publisher and managing director of now-in.org GmbH.

Tan Malaka (1897 to 1949) was an indonesian teacher, writer and philosopher, as well as an activist against the colonial government in the dutch Indies.

Malacca is a city in Malaysia.

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