Thai Word of the Day: “dta-kawk” (ตะคอก)

“dta-kawk” (ตะคอก) can be used in the following ways:

main verb: to snap at (someone)

The verb “dta-kawk” (ตะคอก) is used when you suddenly lose control and speak to someone in a sudden, angry way. We can also use the word “dta-waad” (ตวาด).


– khun dta-kawk chan tham-mai?
(Why did you snap at me?)
– “khun dtawng-garn arai?” kao dta-kawk yaang mo-ho
(“What do you want?” he snapped angrily)
– phom kaw-thod thee phom dta-kawk khun meua-gee-nee
(I’m sorry I snapped at you just now)
– kao dta-kawk chan phraw waa kao aa-rom mai dee
(He snapped at me because he was in a bad mood)

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