root word: wika (language, something uttered)

an idiom

an idiomatic expression

Often mistaken for the Tagalog word salawikain (proverb).

Mga Halimbawa ng Sawikain

Examples of Tagalog Idioms

kumukulo ang dugo
“blood is boiling”
= is very angry

masama ang loob
“inside is bad”
= harboring a grudge towards someone

mabigat ang kamay
“hand is heavy”
= lazy

isulat sa tubig
“write on water”
= forget about it

mababaw ang luha
“tears are shallow”
= used to describe someone who easily cries

The Spanish-derived Filipino word is idyoma.