Thai Word of the Day: “dtaw-yaae” (ตอแย)

“dtaw-yaae” (ตอแย) can be used in the following ways:

verb: to harass / to torment / to annoy / to provoke (someone)

The verb “dtaw-yaae” (ตอแย) is to deliberately annoy or upset someone, either by criticizing them, attacking them, or treating them in a way that is offensive to them or causing them to suffer physical or mental pain.


laeo khun ja bpai dtaw-yaae ter tham-mai?
(And, why are you tormenting her?)

kao dtaw-yaae ter dta-lawd lang ter bawk leuhk kao
(He tormented her all the time after she broke up with him)

mai-mee-krai yaak dtaw-yaae gap kon jao-aa-rom yaang ter rawk
(Nobody wants to annoyed a temperamental person like you anyway)

Li Khomkham
Course Co-ordinator & Tutor
Thai Language Tuition UK