Thai Word of the Day: “ying-ya-so” (หยิ่งยโส)

“ying-ya-so” (หยิ่งยโส) can be used in the following ways:

adjective: is arrogant / is proud / is stuck-up

The adjective “ying-ya-so” (หยิ่งยโส) is used for saying that someone is behaving in a way that shows they think they are more important, more intelligent, or know more than other people.


– kao ying-ya-so jang
(He was so arrogant)

– ter ying-ya-so kae-nai thee phood baeb nan
(How arrogant of her to say that)

– ter ying-ya-so maak, ter mai yawm kui gap phuak-rao leuy
(She’s so stuck up, she won’t even talk to us)

– chan mai-keuy phob chaai-num thee ying-ya-so yaang-nee ma-gawn
(I never met such an arrogant young man)

Practice Exercise: Practice putting your newly learned word into a sentence by translating the following sentences below.

1. He is an arrogant teacher.
2. That sounds arrogant, doesn’t it?
3. I can’t stand how arrogant he is!
4. Don’t be too arrogant to admit you’re wrong.
5. The room was filled with stuck-up politicians.

Miss Urai Khomkham
Course Co-ordinator & Personal Tutor
Thai Language Tuition UK