Urdu: mahaul

Discussion in 'Indo-Iranian Languages' started by Wolverine9, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Wolverine9 Senior Member

    American English
    Is mahaul (atmosphere, environment) a recent formation? I don't see it listed in Platts. I presume it's based on an Arabic root, correct?
     
  2. UrduMedium Senior Member

    United States
    Urdu (Karachi)
    Yes, Arabic. I believe it is in two parts: maa (what) and Haul (around, about), giving the meaning, what's around.
     
  3. Faylasoof Senior Member

    Plato's Republic
    English (UK) & Urdu (Luckhnow), Hindi
    We discussed this here!

     
  4. Qureshpor Senior Member

    Punjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    I did n't realise this word was a relatively late addition to the language. Thanks for bringing it to our notice. By way of gratitude, here is a shi3r by Zafar Iqbal, a well known Pakistani Ghazal poet.

    yahii vaqt hai dushmanii ke liye
    kih maHaul kuchh dostaanah hai ab!!
     
  5. Wolverine9 Senior Member

    American English
    Thanks everyone!

    So is maahaul the only Urdu word of Arabic origin that isn't present in Persian too? If not, which other words are there?
     
  6. mastermind1212 New Member

    India-Hindi
    maahaul is generally used for english word "environment" or we can say atmosphere. Some what in Urdu , its also used in place of "Haalaat".

    For example , ab kashmir ka maahaul kaisa hai ?? , or , ab kashmir ke haalaat kaise hai ?
     
  7. Qureshpor Senior Member

    Punjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    A difficult question to answer. There are bound to be a number of words used in Urdu, that are of Arabic origins, which are not used in Persian or more important, they are used in a different sense. For example, "ziddii" (stubborn person).
     
  8. Qureshpor Senior Member

    Punjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    [....] kaise haiN?
     

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