Tamil: சாவி (key)


Senior Member
US English
I am told that this word comes from Portuguese chave pronounced shavi.
Does anyone know? Key சாவி
  • langDino

    New Member
    India - Tamil & English
    I know that "Saavi" is a loan word but I don't remember which language it is from. Portuguese?? may be.

    The old tamil word for key is "Thiravu Kol" (திறவு கோல்). I heard that my great grandparents used to use the word "Thorappu Kuchi" (தொறப்பு குச்சி) for key in Kongu Tamil. In Palakkad Tamil, they use the word "Thaa Kol" (தாக்கோல்) which is a colloquial version of "thiravu kol".

    Currently "Saavi" has replaced all the other usages.

    There is another Portuguese loan word "alamari" (அலமாரி) which is from Portuguese armário (Almirah)


    Tamil, English - US
    Interesting word Thaakkol. Thaazh = தாழ் = lock in Tamil. So, Thazhkkool -> thaakkol = lock stick? Definitely easier than thiravu kool.

    Yes, Saavi is from Portughese
    < Previous | Next >