“Ngengetone” 35 Common Sheng Phrases Used In Kenya With Their Definitions.


Sheng slang has puzzled many outsiders due to its dynamic nature. Every youth generation comes up with new phrases that make the previous ones irrelevant.

Earlier linguistic scholars predicted a premature death for the cant, but it has defied the test of time, growing to become the unofficial lingo of Kenyan under-class estates.

Sheng evolves rapidly,with sheng new words get devised while older words disappear


Common Sheng Words and Their Definition;

1.Ndoko ~ girl

2.Ngwelo ~ bang

3.Pira ~ car

4.Arif~ friend

5.Marima/banka ~ nyumba

6.Mbulu ~ tv

7.Tonje ~ laptop

8.Mloite ~ toilet

9.Kighonyi ~ driver

10.Oboho ~ gun

11.Musu ~ bullet

12.Ngive/ikombe ~ bank

13.Tokomona ~ sleep

14.Njege/bist ~ police

15.Tutu ~ coward

16.Mrazi ama mnywenywe ~ a snitch or an informer

17.Ndenga,mchuma ~ a real gun

18.Dikwara,nambambili ~ a homemade gun

19.Musu,itoka, itos ~ a bullet

20.Tenje,dura,toko ~ a phone

21.Ngombe ~ a smart phone

22.Tulutulu ~ a mulika mwizi phone

23.Brokav~ bravia

24.Ngive,ikombe ~ bank

25.Njege,sanse ~ a police officer

26.Bazenga ~ the big man

27.Msanii ~ a thug

28.Mboka,round ~ thugs at work

29.Koto,jems ~ house robbery using a master key

30.Puff ~ house robbery by breaking of the door

31.Tisa,nyongolo, lock ~ kunyongwa

32.Baki ~ dying

33.Petco ~ rings

34.Ndondo ~ jail

35.Mbwenya ~ court

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