[fah-nuh-kuh-loh, fah-nuh-kuh-loh]


a lingua franca based on English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, and Zulu, used especially in the mines of South Africa.

Also Fa·na·ga·lo [fah-nuh-guh-loh, fah-nuh-guh-loh] /ˌfɑ nə gəˈloʊ, ˈfɑ nə gəˌloʊ/.

Origin of Fanakalo

1945–50; < Fanakalo (kuluma) fana ga lo (to speak) like this < Zulu Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for fanagalo




(in South Africa) a Zulu-based pidgin with English and Afrikaans components, esp associated with the mines

Word Origin for Fanagalo

C20: from Fanagalo fana go lo, literally: to be like this; compare Zulu fand to be like, ka-lo of this
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